July 25, 2013/Press Releases

Staff Transitions

July 25, 2013

I am proud that the Massachusetts Democratic Party attracts the best young political talent to our staff.  That reality is reflected in recent transitions at 77 Summer St. 


Chris Joyce has stepped down as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party to assume a leadership position in a Massachusetts Campaign.  Chris began as an intern and joined our staff fulltime in March, 2011.  He has guided the Party as our Field Director, through three successful conventions, and stepped up to Executive Director in April. 


Also, Field Organizer and Design Coordinator Natalie Boyle, Constituency Organizing Director Mavrick Afonso and Finance Director Rosy Gonzalez have stepped down and will assume leadership roles in Massachusetts Campaigns.


The remarkable talent of these young leaders is recognized far and wide and I am not surprised they are being heavily recruited.  They know how to execute an effective grassroots, issues-based campaign.  I’m proud of the work they all have done for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and look forward to what comes next. 


I have named Brian Muldoon, Interim Executive Director to help guide the Party through the important process of electing a new Chair, directing our transition and beginning the preparations for the important election in 2014.  Brian worked with us for four years and left to attend Suffolk Law School, which he finishes this week. Much of the core team of the Party will remain and take on new leadership roles.


Samantha Hooper, who led our press operation in the special U.S. Senate election, has been promoted to Communications Director.  Travis Shofner, who served so ably as part of our coordinated campaign staff will join us full time as our Volunteer Director and Voter File Manager.  Shawnea Frett-Ajao is expanding her role as our Senior Auditor and Accountant and Paul Brountas will continue his excellent work as our Compliance Officer.


This team and the Party are committed to building and renewing during the multiple Special Elections that remain in 2013 and the as we prepare for the 2014 Election.  I am excited about the future of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts and I look forward to continuing our great successes.