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New Leadership Announced for Cristo Rey Boston High School

Cristo Rey Boston High School is pleased to announce that Rosemary J. Powers has been named president of the school, effective Monday, August 12, 2019.  Board of Trustees Chairman Harold E. Ebbighausen made the announcement, praising Powers as an accomplished senior executive with extensive skills in managing diverse teams and a long history of service in various state administrations.


“Rosemary comes to Cristo Rey Boston after a distinguished career serving under various state governors,” said Ebbighausen. “Most recently, she held the position of deputy chief of staff for the Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo. Rosemary is a person of faith who understands Cristo Rey Boston’s unique mission, and the CRB community welcomes her warmly.”  In addition to her recent service in the Raimondo administration, Ms. Powers has also served under New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


For Ms. Powers, the move truly represents a return to her roots. She grew up in Dorchester, and is a graduate of St. William’s, the elementary school that formerly operated out of the current Cristo Rey Boston High School building. Rosemary continues to live in the Savin Hill section of Dorchester, in the home originally owned by her grandparents.  She has two adult children, Tierney & Colm Flaherty. She is a proud graduate of Suffolk University, and received her master's in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


“This is a homecoming for me,” said Powers. “I’m delighted to be back in Boston. It’s an opportunity to bring my career experience to a philanthropic endeavor that I am passionate about. My career has been based on affecting change in communities, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to transform the educational experience for students from my own community.”


About Rosemary Powers

Rosemary J. Powers is a Senior Executive in the public sector with a demonstrated history of successfully managing complex projects and diverse teams. She is a highly respected professional with expertise in the transportation, energy and environmental sectors who is skilled in operations and budget management.  Rosemary also possesses extensive experience in Governmental Affairs.  Most recently, Rosemary was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gina M. Raimondo, with oversight of the agencies in the Energy, Environment and Transportation portfolio.  She was the point person in the administration for the development of the offshore wind industry and led, for Governor Raimondo, efforts to invest and decarbonize the transportation network, including regional rail service, adoption of electric buses by the public transit agency and the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).  Rosemary came to Rhode Island after spending several years in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration.  There, she was a Senior Advisor at the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, (NYSERDA), where she led and directed New York State’s engagement in the Transportation Climate Initiative, (TCI).   Previously, Rosemary was the Deputy Director of State Operations for Governor Cuomo, responsible for all the operations and policy development for the transportation, energy, environment and civil rights agencies.  Rosemary joined Governor Cuomo’s office after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the New York State Department of Transportation.  Rosemary has long demonstrated interest in politics and government service.  She has been an advocate, a community activist, a candidate for elected office and has worked in various positions at the city and state level.  She left Massachusetts state service after serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.   Before joining the Governor’s staff, she served as both Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and as Government Affairs Director for the Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as spending more than 6 years as Chief of Staff for former Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart. Rosemary received her BA from Suffolk University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.