The Forum: New head takes over state early ed, care department


BOSTON -- Thomas L. Weber was recently appointed as commissioner of the state Department of Early Education and Care.

This appointment follows the recommendation of the Board of Early Education and Care, which unanimously voted to endorse Weber as its candidate for the position.

Weber has served as acting commissioner of the EEC department since March when Sherri Killins resigned from the post.

Prior to working with the EEC department, Weber served as undersecretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, where he oversaw budget and finance, legal, legislative affairs, information technology, policy, communications, and general administration relative to Governor Deval Patrick's education agenda. In this role, Weber was the secretary of education's principal advisor for early education and care and designee to the Board of Early Education and Care. He was also responsible for helping develop and implement strategies leading to the Achievement Gap Law of 2010 and the community college reforms of 2012.

Previously, Weber worked as legislative director at Strategies for Children/The Early Education for All Campaign; director of community partnerships at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly; deputy research director at the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC); assistant director of government affairs at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and senior issues manager at the Office of United State Senator John F. Kerry.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School. He is a native of Lynn, and currently lives in Reading.

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