Mass. Business Roundtable official appointed to Healey cabinet
Lauren Jones to head Labor and Workforce Development
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
LAUREN JONES, a Massachusetts Business Roundtable official who at one point worked as communications director for the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, was announced Wednesday as Gov. Maura Healey’s pick to lead that secretariat.
Jones held a number of roles with the city of Boston under Mayor Martin Walsh, in state government working for Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, and in the private sector at the Mass. Business Roundtable and at the nonprofit Apprenti.
“Massachusetts is facing a serious workforce shortage, and it’s negatively impacting our workers, employers and economic competitiveness,” Healey said. “Lauren Jones has a proven track record of collaborating with businesses and labor to expand workforce development opportunities, attract new businesses to our state, and give both workers and employers the support they need.”
Healey’s announcement Wednesday was that she “will appoint” Jones as secretary and the governor’s office did not provide an expected start date. As Healey’s term gets going, her cabinet includes a handful of acting or interim secretaries, many of them holdovers from the Baker administration. Mike Doheny, Baker’s undersecretary at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, is serving as Healey’s interim secretary until Jones takes over.