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Michael J. Widmer has been President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation since 1992. Founded in 1932, the Taxpayers Foundation is widely recognized as the state's premier public policy organization dealing with state spending, tax and economic policies. The Foundation's record of high quality research and non-partisan analysis has earned the organization broad credibility on Beacon Hill and across the state.
Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has won 16 prestigious national awards for its work on a wide array of topics, including health care, business costs, capital spending, state and municipal finances, transportation restructuring, and state government reform.
Mr. Widmer joined the Foundation in 1990 after more than 20 years of management and political experience in both the public and private sectors in Massachusetts. He held a variety of senior-level positions at Cabot Corporation between 1979 and 1990, first as Director of Public Affairs and later as Vice President for Human Resources.
During the 1970s Mr. Widmer served with the Sargent administration as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Human Services and in the first Dukakis administration as the Governor's Director of Communications and Deputy Chief Secretary. Earlier in his career Mr. Widmer worked as a reporter for United Press International.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Widmer holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University.
Director of Research and Public Affairs
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Andrew Bagley joined the Foundation in 2007 and was named Director of Research and Public Affairs in 2008.
In 1989 Mr. Bagley co-founded International Strategies Inc., an Internet software company developing tools for global business for Fortune 500 clients that was sold in 2006. Previously he was Deputy Secretary and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade in the second Dukakis administration and staff member to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas.
Mr. Bagley has a B.A. in government and philosophy from Colby College, an M.A. in economics from the University of Oregon, and a Masters in city and regional planning from Harvard University where he was a department scholar.
Assistant Director of Policy and Research
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Carolyn Ryan joined the Foundation in 2010 as a policy analyst.
Previously, Ms. Ryan was a consultant with Public Financial Management in Philadelphia, working with state and local governments on financial and strategic planning. In that role, Ms. Ryan was a member of the state-appointed financial oversight teams for Pittsburgh and Reading, Pennsylvania. She previously held positions with the Office of the Legislative Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Harvard University development office.
Ms. Ryan earned a B.A in English from Williams College and an M.A. in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Audrey Miller Poritzky award for leadership.
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Kris Mullen joined the Foundation in early 2006 to handle the day-to-day administrative, financial, and technical tasks for the Foundation. She also provides support to the President and staff of the Foundation. Ms. Mullen brings broad experience in bookkeeping, purchasing, IT, customer service and other skills from a variety of industries.
Ms. Mullen has a B.S. in History from Fitchburg University.