March 22, 2010
Contact: Cort Boulanger

Boston Foundation Executive will Oversee Council’s Public Affairs Agenda

The Massachusetts High Technology Council today announced the hiring of Boston Foundation executive James D. Rooney as its new vice president. Rooney will manage the Council’s public affairs and help drive its public policy agenda, which is established by its CEO members to create a more competitive climate in Massachusetts for creating and sustaining job creation throughout our diverse technology economy. He will also help to manage the Council’s wider strategic planning and operations.

“Jim has long been a valuable partner for the Council, particularly in our ongoing campaign to reform the state’s public education system,” said Council President Christopher R. Anderson. “He is very well regarded in policy and political circles and has experience working in a CEO-level organization. We are very pleased to welcome Jim to the Council’s team.”

Anderson noted that Rooney would oversee the development of the Council’s board-led public policy teams. He will also manage, the Council’s online government assessment tool, and the MassTrack Legislative Caucus, which brings together state lawmakers and technology leaders to discuss public policy.

Since 2005, Rooney has been director of public affairs at TBF, where he led advocacy at the state and federal levels and worked to advance TBF’s agenda in high-profile venues. At TBF, Rooney helped spearhead the Race to the Top Coalition, a Council-supported initiative of education stakeholders that drove the passage of landmark legislation in January resulting in substantial reforms to our public education system for the first time in two decades. He also led other research and policy initiatives that influenced new state laws across a wide range of competitiveness issues.

Prior to TBF, he was policy director at CEOs for Cities, a national alliance of urban leaders that promotes the competitive advantage of cities. Rooney also served as director of community and government affairs at Brown University. He has co-authored reports on higher education-civic relations and served on the Obama Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee.

“Joining the Council is a great opportunity to focus on policy and advocacy on a statewide level to bolster a key component of our economy,” said Rooney. “I look forward to working with Council members and Chris to implement a strategic public policy agenda that makes Massachusetts more globally competitive.”

Rooney is a graduate of Brown University and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School in 2001. A native of Palmer, Massachusetts, Rooney lives in Dedham with his wife and two sons.

About the Massachusetts High Technology

The Massachusetts High Technology Council is composed of CEOs from the state’s top technology employers who work to make Massachusetts a more competitive place for technology growth. The nonpartisan Council has a 33-year record of working with state and federal leaders in a decisive and effective manner on issues of education, taxation, economic development, energy, defense technology and more. Council members run leading global companies from all sectors of the state’s diverse innovation economy.