Jeff initially joined Foley Hoag as an associate in 1993, remaining at the firm until early 2007, when he left to become part newly elected Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. In September 2011, Jeff returned to the firm after serving in the cabinet of Governor Deval Patrick as the first Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Chair of the Massachusetts Port Authority’s Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment as Secretary in 2009, Jeff also served as Undersecretary, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Office of Transportation and later as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. He was principally engaged in the drafting of Mass. Gen. L. chapter 6C that created the Department of Transportation, a merger of the Commonwealth’s surface transportation agencies, and, as its first leader, was responsible for the implementation of that historic initiative.
While Secretary, Jeff led the development of the first strategic plan for transportation in Massachusetts, focusing on safety and customer service and on communication and employee empowerment, including the creation of MassDOT’s employee town meeting, the Transportation Roundtable, and its workforce development initiative, MassDOT University. He also worked to reduce costs through efficiencies and the reduction of overhead resulting from the creation of MassDOT – a 10,000-person organization created from the merger of the former Executive Office of Transportation, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission and some assets of both Massport and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. As Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Port Authority, he worked to increase cooperation and collaboration between Massport and MassDOT. He was also active in the creation of the New England and New York Transportation Compact, a regional cooperation effort comprised of the leaders of the transportation organizations in those states and in Quebec.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Jeff was the Manager of Right of Way for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works on the staff of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston.