The finance team of the MSBA is charged with managing the authority's annual budget, administering grants to eligible local governments, and managing the debt financing program.
On June 28th, 2017, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg named James (Jim) A. MacDonald as the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Jim had been serving as the Interim CEO since January 2017. Jim resides in Dedham with his wife, Paula, and two sons, James and Stephen. See Jim's full bio.
On January 25, 2012, Jack McCarthy was appointed the Executive Director of Massachusetts School Building Authority. Before joining the MSBA, Jack worked at the Inspector General’s Office as the Senior Assistant Inspector General. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the Norfolk County Sheriffs Department. From 1991 to 2003, Jack was elected as Moderator for the Town of Norwood. From January 1995 to March 2000 he was Chief of Staff at the Office of Secretary of the Commonwealth. After graduating from Boston Latin School and Boston College, he attended Suffolk University Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree, and was admitted to the bar in 1988. Jack resides in Norwood with his wife Linda and two daughters Kristen and Megan.
Jennifer Gonzalez joined the Massachusetts School Building Authority as Director of Finance in 2012, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2015. She began working with municipal issuers on debt financing in 2000 while employed by a major financial advisory firm. Since then, she facilitated the issuance of over $10 billion of taxable and tax-exempt debt by Massachusetts and New Hampshire cities, towns, districts and the MSBA, including numerous school construction projects. Jennifer brings significant municipal budgeting and borrowing authorization experience having served on the Town of Holbrook Finance Committee from 2004 to 2015, and the Board of the Association of Town Finance Committees since 2007. She became the Treasurer of Boston Women in Public Finance in 2014. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rhode Island College, and a Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law, and is a member of the Massachusetts bar.
Mr. Wissman has been with the MSBA since 2004. Prior to joining the Authority he was the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority for 19 years. Ken has facilitated the issuance of over $20 billion of taxable and tax-exempt debt by Massachusetts authorities.
Gianpiero Tirella joined the Massachusetts School Building Authority as Treasurer in January 2016. Prior to joining the Authority, he worked at the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency for over nine years where he held several roles in the Agency’s Treasury department. Gianpiero has significant experience in Treasury operations, managing banking and trustee relationships and debt issuance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Salem State University and is a Certified Treasury Professional.