Thursday, April 12, 2007

Governor's Chief of Staff to Leave Post


Press Release

BOSTON – Thursday, April 12, 2007 -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced that Chief of Staff Joan Wallace-Benjamin has been asked by her former employer, The Home for Little Wanderers, to return to her position as President/CEO of the non-profit organization and she has accepted. Dr. Wallace-Benjamin will stay on with the Patrick administration for an interim period to aid with the transition to a new Chief of Staff prior to her returning to the Home for Little Wanderers.

"It has been a privilege to serve Governor Patrick and his administration throughout the months of transition and in the first months of the new administration,” said Dr. Wallace-Benjamin. “Together we appointed a qualified and talented Cabinet and senior staff leadership, and brought an open, inclusive and welcoming tenor to the statehouse and to our government."

"Joan has done a tremendous job, both with the transition and during the first few months of the administration, helping to build our staff, achieve our first 100 days accomplishments and get the administration off to a strong start," said Governor Patrick. "I appreciate her friendship, hard work and dedication to public service, and wish her all the best as she returns to a place that she loves."

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Joan Wallace-Benjamin served as President/CEO for the Home for Little Wanderers for four years. The Home for Little Wanderers is the nation's oldest and one of New England's largest, private, non-profit child and family service agencies, providing services to thousands of children and their families through 20 programs each year. The mission of The Home is to ensure the healthy emotional, mental, and social development of children at risk, their families, and communities through an integrated system of prevention, advocacy, research, and a continuum of direct care services.

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