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John R. Jenkins, a Natick resident, will serve as Chair of the MassDOT Board and was a former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Board member. He is President of West Insurance Agency, Inc.

Dominic Blue, a resident of Longmeadow, is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. He earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his M.B.A. from the Carroll School of Management (Boston College). Mr. Blue serves on the board of directors of the Greater Springfield YMCA, where he is also a member of the finance committee.

Joseph C. Bonfiglio, represents nearly 20,000 construction workers and public service employees in his role as Business Manager for the Massachusetts and Northern New England Laborers’ District Council. He brings to the board a unique perspective and passion for ensuring workers are protected on the job.

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a carsharing marketplace in France; and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. Chase is Executive Chairman of Veniam 'Works, a vehicle mesh communications company. Robin serves as a World Resources Institute Board member. She has also served on the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce; the US Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportations System Program Advisory Committee; Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group; and Boston Mayor's Wireless Task Force.

Janice Loux was appointed by five Massachusetts Governors to serve on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and is currently the longest serving board member. Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick, she now serves on the board of the newly merged Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

Loux is the daughter of an MBTA laborer and a hotel waitress, who filed a successful civil rights lawsuit in 1964 to force the all-male Bartenders and Waiters Union to admit women. From an early age, Loux was an organizer and activist in the Boston Hotel Workers Union Local 26. In 1997, she was elected as the first female president in the union’s 123-year history, and she was then elected for four additional terms.

Under her 15 years of leadership, Local 26 became an organizing union and nearly doubled its membership, improving the lives of the people who work in Boston’s hotel industry. As the chief negotiator, Loux negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the major hotel corporations in Boston, creating a city wide standard for wages and benefits. As a result, Unite Here Local 26 has one of the most comprehensive and progressive benefits packages in the country. The benefits include the first Housing Trust Fund in the nation. Loux led a successful lobbying effort to amend Taft Hartley. That amendment changed the law and enabled unions to collectively bargain for housing. Benefits also include an education and training center in Boston’s Chinatown, as well as affordable health and prescription care with no deductibles or doctor copayments, free eyeglasses, premium dental coverage, long and short term disability, comprehensive legal coverage, all with a premium of $4.oo per week for single people and $12.00 per week for family coverage. She also negotiated a landmark defined benefit pension plan, which has been established for Boston Hotel Workers.

Loux currently serves as an Executive Vice President of UNITE HERE, an International Union representing over 300,000 hotel, gaming and food service employees.

Professor Andrew Whittle, ScD, P.E., a geotechnical engineer, currently serves as Department Head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Whittle is a resident of Boxborough.
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