JCRC | MAJF Legislative Reception
Co-Chairs: Lisa Danetz and Eitan Milgram

Join the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations (MAJF) in honoring public officials dedicated to serving the needs of the Commonwealth.

Monday, March 19th, 2018, 3pm-5pm
Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA

We are so pleased to announce that we will be presenting the following awards:

Excellence in Leadership Award
Attorney General Maura Healy, Massachusetts

Since January 2015, Maura Healey has served as the Attorney General of Massachusetts, leading the People’s Law Firm in the fight for fairness and equality. Since assuming office, Healey has focused on expanding economic opportunity by addressing rising energy and health care costs, tackling student loan debt, and ensuring fair treatment for workers and a level playing field for businesses. Healey has also gained national prominence for her leadership in combating the state’s opioid epidemic, including expanding addiction prevention training for young people. Healey is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Legislative Leadership Award
Senator Eric P. Lesser, First Hampden and Hampshire; Co-chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

Eric P. Lesser was elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 4, 2014. He represents nine communities in the First Hampden & Hampshire District. Lesser has quickly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working public servants in the Commonwealth. During his first term in office, Lesser helped pass significant new laws related to substance abuse treatment and prevention, job training, and promotion of tourism and the arts. His legislative agenda focuses on the fight for greater economic opportunity and quality of life for Western Massachusetts, with initiatives around high-speed rail, a high-tech economy, job training, and innovation in government.

Elected at the age of 29, Lesser also spearheads the Senate’s agenda on millennial issues, including technology policy, student debt, and greater youth engagement in public affairs. Lesser is Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committees on Financial Services and Transportation, and Senate Chair of the Joint Legislative Manufacturing Caucus and the Gateway Cities Caucus. Lesser previously worked in the Obama White House, first as Special Assistant to Senior Adviser David Axelrod, and later as Director of Strategic Planning for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School, a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Legislative Leadership Award
Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, 5th Suffolk; Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

Jeffrey Sánchez has served as Massachusetts State Representative for the 15th Suffolk District of Boston and Brookline since 2003. His district includes the Boston communities of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, along with Precinct 5 of the Town of Brookline. Throughout his tenure, Sánchez has worked on legislation in health care, life sciences, housing, and economic and infrastructure development. He was recently appointed as House Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, where he is charged with leading the House of Representatives to deliver a balanced budget and consider state legislative matters. Sánchez completed his undergraduate education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and his Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently has an instructorship at the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Executive Leadership Award
Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Baker

Lon Povich is Governor Baker’s Chief Legal Counsel, responsible for the broad range of legal matters that come before the Governor and his senior team. Prior to joining the Baker-Polito administration in January 2015, Lon was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. Lon joined BJ’s in February 2007 after serving as General Counsel at The Boston Consulting Group; as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter; as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Economic Crimes Division of the Boston Office; and as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Weld. From 1996 to 2004, he was a director of MassHousing (Massachusetts’ low income housing finance agency); and from 2005 until 2010 he served on the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission. He has also sat on the Boards of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Greater Boston Legal Services, as an elected member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association, and has been involved in a number of local organizations in Wellesley. Povich graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.



The annual JCRC Legislative Reception is the premier opportunity for leadership of the Jewish community to interact and develop relationships with state public officials, including members of the administration and the legislature. We will focus on lifting up our community’s current work relating to:

  • The Safe Communities Act which will help protect immigrants and refugees;
  • The promotion of the Massachusetts-Israel relationship; and
  • Advocacy in support of our social service agenda, in partnership with Jewish social service agencies.

Click here to register! For questions, contact Solon Arguello at gro.n1519034284otsob1519034284crcj@1519034284olleu1519034284gras1519034284 or 617-457-8639.