Executive Director // Coastal Zone Management and Policy related courses
Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and is now in his third term chairing the legislature's Committee on Revenue where he is pursuing a comprehensive review and reform of state taxes. He had, for two terms before this, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass several major pension reform initiatives. His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice. In addition to spearheading major pension reforms, his legislative accomplishments include passage of the Rivers Act (a major environmental protection bill) in his freshman term, leadership of the fight to pass and implement the state's campaign finance reform law, and major tax fairness initiatives (including passage of the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, reform of the state's Tax Expenditure Budget, and budget transparency.) His monthly "OPEN HOUSE" public policy forum, now in its nineteenth season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation's best televised government relations series.
Jay also served as the founding director of Northeastern University's Center for Leadership and Public Life where he taught and led leadership development workshops for those in or aspiring to public life. He has worked with legislators from around the country, the cabinet and staff of an incoming governor, the leadership team of public school districts, leaders and managers of county government, classes of promising leaders from minority communities, and groups of community leaders from local governments, churches, universities, civic groups, and state agencies. He also serves on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislatures' leadership programs for legislators and legislative staff in the U.S. and abroad, having most recently led workshops in Kosovo, South Africa and Mozambique.