Collins Center Staff
Education: MSM, Lesley University; BA, Political Science, UMass Amherst
Stephen McGoldrick is primarily responsible for developing programs and providing consulting services within the productivity and government services areas. Before joining the center, he served as the deputy director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for ten years. In that position, he was responsible for developing regional service delivery mechanisms, facilitating strategic alliances among governments and providing technical assistance to local governments on management, organizational and governance issues. As a member of the senior management team, he held primary responsibility for developing the MAPC operating budget, human resources administration, board relations and strategic planning. McGoldrick has provided consulting services to dozens of local governments, public school systems and housing authorities.
McGoldrick served as chief of staff to the Chelsea receiver from 1991-1996 and subsequently facilitated the establishment of Chelsea's post-receivership government as the Commonwealth's transition officer. In 1990, he served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association. From 1983 to 1990, he held leadership positions in the administrations of former mayors of Everett and Somerville. He has been a technical advisor to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. McGoldrick co-authored the Final Report of the Regionalization Commission that was established and chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Education: MPP, Kennedy School of Government; BA, Sociology, Amherst College
Michael Ward works on a variety of municipal government projects, including regionalization and service-sharing work, performance management efforts, research projects, and charter reform work. Ward has worked for local government in Massachusetts and New Mexico. As a budget analyst for the Town of Concord, he helped the Town begin integrating performance measurement into its annual budget process, assisted with the financial management of a Recreation Center enterprise fund, and worked on numerous budget and procurement projects. As an intern with Doña Ana County, he helped the Health and Human Services Department bring together local agencies and providers to improve coordination of service delivery and lower costs.
Ward studied innovative urban policy in Curitiba (Brazil) and Singapore as a Thomas J. Watson fellow. He looked at how these cities both managed to reshape themselves through creative public transportation, economic development, and service provision strategies. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including managing a mayoral campaign in Massachusetts.