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Madelyn1  Posted by: Madelyn Grant, Senior Assistant Director, Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions

“And I will be calling on you each one of you to stay engaged, to bring forward your solutions, not just your problems, to suggest a better way, to keep your eye on the higher ground we seek, and to act like this State House is your House.”

Governor Patrick made that call to service during his first minutes in office because he believes that government works best when citizens are involved and engaged in their communities. Since that cold day in January 2007, over 1500 residents of Massachusetts have elected to serve their Commonwealth by lending their expertise and time to a board or commission.

With over 700 boards and commissions throughout state government, ranging from the Boards of Trustees of public colleges to local Housing Authority Boards to the Boards of Professional Licensures, board members help shape the policies and regulations that govern or Commonwealth every day.

Examples abound of residents who see a need in their community, and a place for themselves to serve that need. Zakiya Thomas came to Boston for graduate school and wasn’t sure she was going to stay after completing her Masters of Fine Arts in 2002. After seven years of dedicated service to the enhancement and access of such institutions as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and currently the Museum of Fine Arts, Zakiya was appointed to the Massachusetts Cultural Council on October 5, 2009.

Michael Jones of Worcester began his post-secondary education with an Associates Degree in Business Administration at Quinsigamond Community College before going on to pursue his Bachelors and later Masters Degrees at Assumption College. On October 7, 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for his alma mater and the place where his college experience began, Quinsigamond Community College.

Service on a board or commission is an important way to make a positive difference and get involved in state government. If you are interested in serving on one of these important bodies, please check out http://appointments.state.ma.us.

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