The Healey administration began to take shape this week, when the governor-elect released the names of her first hires, most from her current office.
“Matthew Gorzkowicz will be appointed as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Kate Cook will be Chief of Staff and Gabrielle Viator will serve as Senior Advisor,” Gov.-Elect Maura Healey’s transition team said.
Cook and Viator are both currently working under Healey in the AG’s office, Cook as the First Assistant Attorney General and Viator as the Chief Deputy Attorney General.
“I’m honored that Governor-elect Healey and Lieutenant Governor-elect Driscoll have placed their faith in me to lead the Governor’s Office and for the opportunity to continue my service to the Commonwealth,” Cook said with the announcement. “We’re committed to building a strong, experienced and diverse team that is ready to get to work delivering for people and moving Massachusetts forward.”
Viator has been working with Healey for more than a decade, she said.
“Gabe has been a close and trusted advisor to me for many years, and I’m thrilled to have her guidance with us in the Governor’s Office,” Healey said with the announcement.
Gorzkowicz is a veteran of former Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration and has worked in various government finance roles for more than 25 years. He currently works as the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance at the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.
“In this time of record state revenues and economic stress for so many of our residents, it’s essential to have an Administration and Finance Secretary with a proven record of maintaining economic stability and implementing processes that ensure efficiency and effectiveness,” Healey said. “Matt Gorzkowicz has done just that in his decades of service to Massachusetts, and I’m proud to have his leadership in our administration.”