Wednesday, January 25, 2017


7 Member Body to Review Alcoholic
Beverage Industry and Regulatory Structure in Massachusetts

BOSTON - Treasurer Deb Goldberg today announced the Treasurer’s Alcohol Task Force, which will convene an independent group of professionals to examine the legal and
regulatory framework governing the alcoholic beverage industry in Massachusetts. The Task Force will provide an assessment of the current climate and advise on
any improvements necessary to execute the business of alcohol regulation. Partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, E. Macey Russell will chair the group.
“It is clear that our alcohol laws and regulatory structure have been in need of an exhaustive review for some time,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “The report of this Task Force is critical to providing
the best structure that meets the expectation of effective and safe oversight.”
The diverse group of thought leaders is tasked with making a comprehensive assessment of the current alcoholic beverage industry and its 
regulatory structure in Massachusetts. They will establish working groups made up of relevant stakeholders focused on specific areas and topics associated
with the industry and its oversight. The task force, which consists of appointees selected by Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Governor Charles Baker, Senate
President Stan Rosenberg, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo will provide a preliminary report to the Treasurer within 6 months of convening.
The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) is an agency under the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General Deb Goldberg. Its overall objective is to provide uniform
control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.
For more information on the ABCC please visit www.mass.gov/abcc. For any questions regarding the Alcohol Task Force please visit http://www.mass.gov/treasury/about/ask-treasury/.  

Members of the Alcohol Task Force:      
Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Appointee, Chair

E. Macey Russell, Partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

E. Macey Russell is a partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP practicing complex commercial litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. In 2016,
American Registry listed him among America’s Top 1% of all Professionals and he received AV Preeminent ratings from both Martindale-Hubble and the Judiciary.
 He is a member of Litigation Counsel of America’s Trial Lawyer Honorary Society composed of less than
one-half of 1% of American lawyers. In 2011, the American Bar Foundation named
him a Fellow, which is reserved for one third of 1% of attorneys in his
jurisdiction. Appointed by the Governor, from 2011 until 2014 he served as the
Chair of the 21 member Judicial Nominating Commission which recommended
judicial appointments at all levels throughout the Commonwealth. His honors
include: 2011 Burton Award for Exceptional Legal Writing from The Burton
Foundation and Library of Congress for his co-authored article “Developing
Great Minority Lawyers for the Next Generation.” In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers
Weekly named him a “Diversity Hero.” He is a nationally recognized speaker on
law firm diversity and inclusion. Russell received a JD from Suffolk University
Law School in 1983 and a BA from Trinity College in 1980.

Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Appointee, Member

Kate Cook, Of Counsel, Sugarman
Rogers Barshak & Cohen, P.C. 
Kate R. Cook is the Chair of Sugarman Rogers' Government Law Practice Group. Her government law practice
focuses on advising both private and public sector clients on all aspects of
government law at the federal, state, and local levels. Ms. Cook counsels
clients on government ethics, conflicts of interest, constitutional law, public
records, lobbying, campaign finance, election law, municipal law, crisis
management, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Leveraging her experiences
working at the state and local level, Kate helps clients navigate government to
meet their goals. In addition, she represents government and corporate clients
in complex litigation matters in the areas of general business, employment,
environmental and real estate law. Kate's practice draws upon her unique skill set
as a legal advisor to political executives in high profile and complex matters
and as an experienced litigator with proven solution-oriented results. She has
served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel to Massachusetts
Senate Ways and Means Committee and Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City
of Boston. 
Most recently, Ms. Cook served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Deval L. Patrick. In that role, she advised the
Governor and executive branch on legal, regulatory and policy matters across
the administration. Kate played an active role in significant Governor Patrick
policy initiatives, such as the Governor’s clemency decisions, opiate crisis
response and regulatory reforms to strengthen small businesses. In the City of
Boston law department, she tried several cases and handled a wide-range of
municipal liability matters including election law, civil rights, Americans
with Disabilities Act compliance, employment, and claims under the
Massachusetts Tort Claims Act.

Ms. Cook also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Morris E. Lasker of
the U.S. District Court from September 2001-June 2003.

Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Appointee, Member

Lisa Wong, Former Mayor of Fitchburg

Mayor Lisa Wong served four terms
as Mayor of the city of Fitchburg. Elected to that office at the age of 28,
Mayor Wong is the youngest female and the first Asian American female elected
mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

During her career, Mayor Wong’s work on community engagement, environmental issues, education and public health
received numerous recognitions. Her work to engage immigrants has been featured
on CNN and she chaired a national environmental justice task force as part of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee.
Her FUN and FITchburg initiative to lower childhood obesity and target health
disparities led to one of the largest drops in childhood obesity rates in the
country. Mayor Wong has been named the Conservationist of the Year from the Trustees
of Reservations, the Blue Green Hero award from the Ocean River Institute, the
School Committee Member of the Year from the MA Association of School
Committees, and the Gateway Cities Champion Award from MassINC. 

Mayor Wong restored fiscal stability to Fitchburg, notably by increasing the stabilization fund,
increasing the bond rating several times, reorganizing city departments,
reducing health care costs, and instituting energy efficiency projects
throughout the city. She attracted jobs and major investment into Fitchburg
through smart growth planning projects, including reinvestment in vacant mills
and the $100 million development of an indoor water resort. As co-chair of the
Massachusetts Gateway Cities Initiative, Mayor Wong helped to develop new
funding and incentive programs to attract inner city development and save
manufacturing jobs.

Deb Goldberg’s Appointee, Member

Rachael Rollins, Former Chief Legal
Counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority

Rachael Rollins has served as the Chief Legal Counsel and a trusted member of the Executive Leadership teams in
some of the largest and most complicated State agencies and authorities in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to her State service, Ms. Rollins
spent four years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office
for the District of Massachusetts. There, she defended the United States and
its agencies in a wide array of civil suits and prosecuted both civil and
criminal cases, including drug and firearm offenses, and litigated complex
white collar criminal matters. Immediately before joining the U.S. Attorney's
Office, Ms. Rollins spent several years as an associate at two large law firms
in Boston.
In addition to her continuing public
work as a consultant to various governmental entities and to companies seeking
to do work with the government, Ms. Rollins is currently a member of the
Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston
College Law School. She is a past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers
Association, has served as an elected member of the Boston Bar Association
Council, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 40-Under-40
Award from the Boston Business Journal and a TOYL Award (Ten Outstanding Young
Leaders) from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In February, 2016, Ms.
Rollins completed an intense, accelerated, six-month Executive Management and
Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. She is the very proud mom of
Peyton, her 12-year-old daughter. 

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Charles Baker’s Appointee, Member

Robert Cerasoli, Adjunct Professor
at Quincy College 
Robert A. Cerasoli has a 44-year record of outstanding public service. He has provided
major contributions to responsible professional ethical conduct in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, the national
Inspectors General community, and in thirteen foreign nations.

Cerasoli, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, received his Bachelor of Arts in Government
and Public Administration in 1969 from The American University. In 1988,
Cerasoli received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. In
2015, he received a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
from Abilene Christian University. He is a Certified Inspector General (CIG),
Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI), Certified Inspector General
Auditor (CIGA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government
Financial Manager (CGFM). 
Cerasoli possesses three decades of teaching experience in ethics, auditing, oversight,
financial management, and anti-corruption practices. He has taught courses at
Bridgewater State University, Eastern Nazarene College, Newbury College, Quincy
College, New Hampshire Community Technical College, and for the Association of
Inspectors General at American University in Washington, D. C., and John Jay
College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Cerasoli combines teaching experience with decades of practical experience in the
field.  He served as a Representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1991. He served as the
second Inspector General for the State of Massachusetts for two five-year
terms, the maximum allowed by law, from 1991 to 2001. The Massachusetts
Inspector General was the first statewide Inspector General position created in
the U.S. and the first Inspector General position created outside of the
federal system. He also served as the first Inspector General of New Orleans,
Louisiana from 2007 to 2009, where he set up the office from the ground up
after Hurricane Katrina.  
As one of the original founders and charter members of the Association of
Inspectors General (AIG), Cerasoli literally wrote the book—he proposed,
developed, and co-authored the Certified Inspector General (CIG) concept and
the creation of the Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General, called the Green Book. This book was used as a
basis for the creation of the Inspector General office in New Orleans.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s Appointee, Member

Pete Wilson, Press Secretary to Senate President Stan

Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree from
The George Washington University.  Mr. Wilson has extensive political,
government, nonprofit, and communications experience at the state, federal, and
municipal level.  He has previously worked as the Legislative Director for
the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, Vice President of
Communications at the Liberty Square Group, and most recently as Communications
Director for Jeff McCormick’s gubernatorial campaign.  

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