Jay Gonzalez

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Jay Gonzalez
Jay Gonzalez, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts
In office
October 2009 – January 8, 2013
Governor Deval Patrick
Preceded by Leslie Kirwan
Succeeded by Glen Shor
Personal details
Born (1971-01-08) January 8, 1971 (age 46)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Cyndi Gonzalez
Children 2
Education Dartmouth College (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)
Website Jay4MA.com

Jay Gonzalez (born January 8, 1971) is the former Secretary of Administration and Finance for the state of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick and a Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2018.[1][2] Gonzalez was appointed to the position after the resignation of Leslie Kirwan in the fall of 2009.[3] He was succeeded as Secretary by Glen Shor in January 2013. Before working for the government, Gonzalez worked as an attorney at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in Boston.[1] He attended Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center.


After graduating from Dartmouth and then Georgetown, Gonzalez worked at a law firm in Cleveland.[4] He then moved to Boston to work for Palmer & Dodge[4] where he specialized in public finance.

Gonzalez worked on Deval Patrick's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.[4] He then joined Patrick's administration in 2007 as Deputy Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts. In 2009, he was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts in 2009.[4] He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts’ health care reform, and he co-chaired the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.[5]

Gonzalez left the cabinet in 2013. Gonzalez served as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.[6] Gonzalez later served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families.[7]

On January 30, 2017 he announced he would run for governor in the 2018 Massachusetts election.[8]

As a former Brookline resident, Jay was an elected Town Meeting Member, Co-Chair of the Town Meeting Members Association, and a member of the Advisory Committee in the Town of Brookline[9] Jay currently serves on the boards of the Dimock Center, Project Hope, and the Trust for Public Land.

Personal life[edit]

Jay Gonzalez grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.[4] Gonzalez moved to Massachusetts in 1998. His mother dropped out of college when he was born, and his father was a Spanish immigrant who worked as a bricklayer.[4]

Gonzalez lives with his wife, Cyndi, in Needham and has two daughters, Isabel and Abby[10].


  1. ^ a b O’Sullivan, Jim; Miller, Joshua (2017-01-04). "Former aide to Deval Patrick considers challenging Charlie Baker". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  2. ^ Ring, Dan (2011-08-02). "Massachusetts finance secretary Jay Gonzalez braces for impact of debt limit law". MassLive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ Staff, Writer (2009-09-30). "Mass. budget chief Kirwan resigns for Harvard post". Bay State Banner. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f McGonigle, Brian (May 17, 2017). "The Needham Democrat sat down with Wicked Local to talk about his run for governor in 2018". 
  5. ^ "Meet Jay - Elect Jay Gonzalez". jay4ma.com. Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Matt (January 30, 2017). "Gonzalez Launching Bid For Governor With Anti-Trump Focus". 
  7. ^ Dumcius, Gintautus (January 30, 2017). "Former CeltiCare CEO Jay Gonzalez launches run for governor, targets Charlie Baker". 
  8. ^ O'Sullivan, Jim (January 30, 2016). "Democrat Jay Gonzalez launches bid for governor". Boston Globe. 
  9. ^ "Meet Jay Gonzalez". jay4ma.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Meet Jay". 

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