Carolyn A. Kirk was selected by the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative as the agency's executive director on February 6, 2019, and officially starts her role on February 11, 2019. Kirk previously served as Interim Executive Director by appointment of the Executive Committee on June 18, 2018.
From January 2015 to early February 2019, she served as the Deputy Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), a role she held since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration. As Deputy Secretary, Kirk supported the management of HED’s $1.4 billion dollar budget and approximately 1,000 employees. In addition, Kirk’s portfolio includes serving alongside Lt. Governor Karyn Polito on the Seaport Economic Council. She is extremely familiar with MassTech’s work, having chaired the agency’s Board on behalf of EOHED, and has been a leader on the effort to bring broadband to 44 unserved towns, working closely with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech.
Prior to her appointment to the Administration, in 2007 Deputy Secretary Kirk became the first woman popularly elected as Mayor of the City of Gloucester, going on to serve three subsequent terms. Her professional career spans more than 25 years and includes time as a management consultant, working with clients that included many of the Top 20 banks in the U.S. along with Fortune 500 companies.
She was raised in Clinton, N.Y., and moved to Massachusetts to attend college, graduating from Boston College in 1984.