WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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He's more interested in their ability to get things done and execute his vision of a Commonwealth that works for its citizens than he is about party affiliation. For example, anyone who knows Stephanie Pollack, Baker's secre- tary of transportation, would likely describe her as a liberal. She worked for the Conservation Law Foundation for about 20 years. Governor Baker was intrigued by her high level of thinking and two decades studying the transportation system of Massachusetts, not only as a means to get people from here to there, but also as a vehicle for economic growth. He was so impressed that he didn't even care about her registration. Everybody signed up, including me, to execute his agenda. He wants the best ideas that he can find, and that's just one example. There are seven other cabinet secretaries, each well steeped in what they know, and when he makes a decision we are all behind it. WWM: How do you go from being general counsel of a large corpo- ration to basically general counsel for Governor Baker? How do you grasp the nuances of the really intricate details? LP: A litigator typically holds this job. While I was a litigator early in my career, I think corporate general counsel experience is equally rele- vant. The key to the job is the ability to grasp a lot of different issues, 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 "Everybody signed up, including me, to execute his agenda. He wants the best ideas that he can find..." an interview with chief legal counsel, lon povich Lon povich and Cathy Judd-Stein

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