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Steven Poftak has been appointed executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston as of July 30. He will replace David Luberoff, who served as the Institute’s second executive director from 2004 to 2012.
“I’m thrilled to have someone of Steve’s stature and experience playing this important role,” states Edward Glaeser, faculty director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.
Poftak was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. He has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. Steve's op-eds have run regularly in newspapers across the state.
Previously, Steve worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. His prior experience includes service as Director of Corporate Finance for a privatization fund in Southeastern Europe. Steve holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. He's a Boston resident, married, and has children who attend the Boston Public Schools.
The Rappaport Institute was founded and funded by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation, which promotes emerging leaders in Greater Boston.