Kim Driscoll is the 73rd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was sworn in on January 5, 2023, joining Governor Maura Healey in an historic series of firsts: Governor Healey is the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person elected Governor of Massachusetts, and together, Healey and Driscoll are the first all-women executive team to lead Massachusetts.
Driscoll was elected the City of Salem’s first woman Mayor in 2006, taking office at a time when the community was struggling with record deficits, poor financial management, and a declining bond rating. As Mayor, she turned deficits into record surpluses and saved taxpayers’ money by strengthening city services, revitalizing Salem’s downtown, leading a vast improvement in Salem’s k-12 schools, reforming city pensions and health insurance programs to protect employee benefits, bidding public contracts, and bringing transparency to City Hall.
Working collaboratively with state officials and local partners, Driscoll secured sizable public and private investments, including a new MBTA train station, a state courts complex, senior center, ferry and waterfront port at Salem Wharf, and positioned Salem as the primary marshaling port for the forthcoming Commonwealth Wind project that will serve residents across Massachusetts and New England, establishing the City as a national leader in the offshore wind sector.
From passing one of the first fully-inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances in Massachusetts, to securing major investments in veterans’ benefits, standing up for immigrants’ rights, and enacting one of the first age-friendly action plans certified in the Commonwealth, Salem under Driscoll’s leadership has been – first and foremost – an inclusive community that welcomes everyone.
A proud mother of three children who attended Salem Public Schools, Driscoll chaired the Salem School Committee as Mayor. She helped push for collaboration and strategies to improve Salem’s schools and for added investments to support teachers and students. Under her leadership, Salem became one of the first communities in Massachusetts to adopt the expansion of free, high-quality early education opportunities starting at age four.
The daughter of a Navy chef from Lynn and an accountant’s assistant from Trinidad, Driscoll spent her childhood in a number of states, before attending Salem State University where she studied government and became a stand-out athlete on the women’s basketball team. Like so many Salem State students, she fell in love with Salem and made it her home after graduation, pursuing a career in municipal government, and married her college sweetheart, a second-generation union bricklayer.
Beginning with a position as the City of Beverly’s Community Development Director after college, Driscoll embarked on her long career of service to municipalities and went on to earn her law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. Before becoming the Mayor of Salem, Driscoll served as the City of Chelsea’s Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy City Manager, and also served on the Salem City Council.
Exemplified by her extensive and successful career in local government, Lieutenant Governor Driscoll is focused on working with Governor Healey to create a forward-looking Commonwealth and communities that work for, empower, and include all who call Massachusetts home, as well as those who aspire to do so.
Cathaoirleach Martin Harley
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council
First elected to office in 2000, Martin is married to Denise and they have five children.
He was elected as Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, for the year 2023-24.
Since being elected to public office, a project which has been ongoing for the past 40 years has been brought to completion; namely the highly anticipated Sunvalley Swimming Pool facility.
Martin is a hard-working man and is focused on continuing to access funding for improvements in road networks and also maintenance of essential services in the area. Furthermore he is constantly available to locals to assist with social housing issues.
An all rounder, Michael is a member of the Sean McCummaills GAA Club, and Ballybofey Soccer club.
Directory of Economic Development for Donegal, Ireland
Garry Martin is currently the Director of Economic Development, Information Systems and Emergency Services, with Donegal County Council and is, additionally, the designated Director of the Donegal Municipal District.
He is also currently Company Secretary with Donegal 2040 Strategic Development Co. Ltd., a wholly Council owned company established to support ongoing efforts in animating greater economic activity through specific Council interventions and collaborations.
He had held the Director of Finance position in Donegal from July 2010 until 2018 and has worked both locally and more recently, nationally, (as president of the Heads of Finance Association) in leading and developing financial responses to strategic issues challenging both the Council locally and the sector nationally across a range of areas.
Garry is a qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant, holds a Master of Science Degree (with distinction) in International Business from Ulster University and also holds an Advanced Certificate in Business Counselling from Durham University Business School.
Garry has previously worked in the Economic and Cultural Development sector, working variously as an Assistant Chief Executive with the County Enterprise Board in Donegal during the period 1995 – 2000 and as a Senior Executive Officer (SEO) with Donegal County Council in the Community and Enterprise Area from 2000 – 2009.
During that time, he worked with numerous small businesses in County Donegal and subsequently as SEO, developed a range of programmes including a number under the PEACE II Programme and INTERREG IIIA on specific initiatives revolving around economic development, capital infrastructure development in areas such as tourism and in the development of a number of specific initiatives including the establishment of a Diaspora Programme in County Donegal.
Founder; Eolas na Mara Teoranta
Declan Gallagher is a Donegal based entrepreneur who has been involved in the seaweed industry for over 20 years. In 2004, he founded Oilean Glas Teoranta, a factory that produced liquid and granular seaweed fertilizers from Ascophyllum nodosum. Under his leadership, Oilean Glas Teoranta grew to become one of the leading producers of seaweed fertilizers in Ireland. In 2009, he was a finalist in the Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Declan sold the company in 2014.
In 2019, Declan founded Eolas na Mara Teoranta, a new company that produces Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed extracts specifically for the sports turf market. Eolas na Mara Teoranta has quickly grown to become a major player in the seaweed extract market. In June 2022, Declan announced that he was building a new factory to meet the growing demand for his products. Again, he was involved from start to finish in the building of this factory.
Declan is a visionary entrepreneur who has helped to shape the seaweed industry in Ireland and around the world. He is a pioneer in the development of seaweed-based products and is committed to promoting the sustainable use of seaweed resources.
Head Of Economy Enterprise & Employment; Plymouth City Council
Amanda Ratsey has worked for Plymouth City Council in the UK since April 2013. She is responsible for the City’s economic strategy, helping businesses to grow and encouraging and attracting new investment into the City She has helped secure over $180 million of government funding and in the last 10 years has refocused the economic strategy to be more targeted on marine, defence and high tech engineering.
Previously Amanda worked in the private sector. She spent 5 years working for Serco and 10 years working in the third sector
Amanda holds a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning and a Bachelor of Planning from Manchester University. She went to school in Plymouth and is really pleased to be working locally in a role where she can make a difference.
Emiley is AVP Ocean Sustainability, Technology & Innovation at the New England Aquarium
John Yonce is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Clean-Seas
Kathryn Hautanen is the Principal Program Manager of the Ocean & Climate Innovation Accelerator for Analog Devices
Founder & CEO of Vycarb
Aquaculture & Fisheries
Story Reed is the Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Chip Terry is the Founder & CEO of BlueTrace
Matt Thompson is Aquaculture Programs Manager at the New England Aquarium
Rob McGurrin, CTO & Co-Founder of BLUEiQ
Blue Policy Roundtable
Climate Resiliency and Sustainability Planner for the Town of Plymouth, MA
Representative Kathleen LaNatra
State Representative for the 12th Plymouth District
Representative Mathew Muratore
State Representative for the 1st Plymouth District
Senator Susan Moran
State Senator for the Plymouth and Barnstable District
Judith Underwood, Founder of the Blue Institute
Toby Stapleton PhD, MBA is the Co-founder & Director of the Blue Venture Forum
Stacey Messier, General Manager of Cambridge Innovation Center Providence
Justin Manley, Technology Venture Partner for AiiM Partners
Senator Julian Cyr
Senator Julian Cyr, State Senator for the Cape and Island District
President of Submergence Group LLC, Managing Director of M Subs Ltd, and Director of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship
Paige Glowacky, MBA
Paige Glowacky, MBA is a Product Manager for Greensea IQ
Alessandra Bianchi is the Communications Director for SeaTrac Systems
Ian Estaphan Owen
Ian Estaphan Owen is the Co-Founder & CEO of Jaia Robotics
Mike Brosnahan, PhD, Associate Scientist in the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Laura Tassinari Buckley, MPA
Laura Tassinari Buckley, MPA is the Deputy Executive Director of the MassHire South Shore Workforce Board
Randall Lyons, CCM
Randall Lyons, CCM is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association.
Nora McCarthy is the Workforce and Outreach Coordinator for Vineyard Wind.
James Byrnes, Director of Operations & Programs for the MassTech Collaborative’s Innovation Institute