Mayor Menino Announces Mitchell B. Weiss to Join Administration as Chief of Staff
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For Immediate Release
December 08, 2009
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New Talent will Build on Administration's Success and Help Transform City Government for the Future

During his first public appearance since winning a 5th term, Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced a new addition to his administration. Mitchell Weiss will be Chief of Staff in the new term, allowing current Chief, Judith Kurland, to focus on building innovative programs and the partnerships to sustain them.

"These next four years are going to be fast paced and packed with agenda items that must be accomplished," Mayor Menino said. "We promised to bring fresh perspective, renewed urgency, and a results mentality to the new term, and Mitch will help us do that."

Weiss, Executive Director at the non-profit Tobin Project in Cambridge, will join the administration in January. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College. In 2004 and 2005, Weiss was a fellow in the Menino Administration and in that role was involved in several initiatives to modernize delivery of city services.

"We will have just over 1,400 days in the new term when it begins. The Mayor plans to make the most of every single one of them for this city, and I feel privileged to try to bring fresh urgency to that effort," Weiss said.

Judith Kurland will fill the new role of Chief of Programs and Partnerships. She will continue her focus on urban policy, building sustainable programs, and in this new post will also concentrate on expanding partnerships with city and regional non-profits, civic organizations, corporations, foundations and other institutions around a city-wide agenda.

"For sixteen years Mayor Menino has been developing policies and implementing programs to improve the lives of the people who live and work in the city," said Kurland. "It is our job to make sure that they can be and will be sustained through developing strong and enduring partnerships."

Today, Mayor Menino and three of his cabinet chiefs outlined reforms that will transform public education, increase opportunities for economic growth, and reform government operations.

Mayor Menino will kick off his 5th term in office at an inaugural event on Monday, January 4, 2010.


Mitchell Weiss is the Executive Director of the Tobin Project, a non-partisan organization based in Cambridge that links scholars with policymakers and scholarship with pressing national challenges. Prior to joining the Tobin Project in 2006, he was a fellow in the office of Mayor Thomas Menino. In that role, Mitch advised the Mayor on a broad range of topics, but focused on the areas of management and technology. Before his transition to the public sector, Mitch worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions for many well-recognized food companies.

Mitch holds an A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, from where he graduated with high distinction and was named a George Baker Scholar. Originally from the Chicago area, Mitch currently resides in Boston with his wife.


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