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Stephen P. Crosby


Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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A member of CAST's Board of Directors since 1995 and chair/co-chair since 2004, Stephen P. Crosby was named the first chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in December 2011. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Crosby served as Founding Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. He has 45 years of experience in policy making, entrepreneurship, non-profits and academics.

In his position as Dean, Mr. Crosby oversaw three academic departments (Public Policy and Public Affairs; Gerontology; and Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance), along with thirteen research centers and institutes. During his nearly 6 year tenure, he founded the Commonwealth Compact; the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management; the Collaborative Institute on Oceans, Climate and Security; the Center for Civil Discourse; and has overseen the development of new Centers on Governance and Sustainability; Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy; and Peace, Democracy and Development.

As Secretary of Administration and Finance to Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane M. Swift from 2000-2002, Mr. Crosby was responsible for development, legislative approval and implementation of the governor's $23 billion annual operating budget and a $2 to $3 billion capital budget. He supervised 22 agencies with 3,000 employees. In 2002, he served as chief of staff to Governor Swift.

Mr. Crosby also co-chaired Governor Deval Patrick's Transition Task Force on Budget and Finance; served as Chair of the Commission to Review Compensation Packages of Senior "Quasi Public"" Employees; and served as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Task Force on Hiring and Promotion in the Judiciary.

In 25 years of work in the private sector, Mr. Crosby was founder and publisher of CCI/Crosby Publishing in Boston. In other business endeavors, he has served as chairman and CEO of technology and publishing companies, including Interactive Radio Corp., Inc., SmartRoute Systems, Inc., Crosby Vandenburgh Group, and MetroGuide, Inc. His career also includes work as a campaign manager and senior advisor for local and national candidates and elected representatives, and as a frequent commentator in local and national media.

Mr. Crosby received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Boston University.