BOSTON –On January 28 th, the Massachusetts Port Authority Community Advisory Committee (Massport CAC) unanimously elected lifelong East Boston resident John Nucci as the committee’s appointment to the Massport Board of Directors. Nucci is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Suffolk University and has more than 40 years of experience in Boston government and community relations. Nucci will be formally sworn in to the Massport Board of Directors in the coming weeks.
“John Nucci has been an effective advocate for a number of community and non-profit organizations, as well as an incredible asset to Suffolk University,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “His new role on the Massport Board reflects his enduring commitment to giving back to his community and serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.”
Members of the Massport CAC represent 35 diverse communities that surround Massport facilities, as far north as Salem and as far west as Worcester. The duties of the Massport CAC members include making recommendations to Massport, the Governor of Massachusetts and the state legislature regarding Massport’s programs, budget and annual report, and to appoint a member to the Massport Board. Nucci was appointed to Massport CAC by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as a Boston representative.
“John is well regarded for his work with numerous local organizations,” said Massport CAC Chairman David Carlon. “He will be an outstanding advocate for the Community Advisory Committee. We are very excited to have him join the Massport Board.”
Throughout his career, Nucci has demonstrated an ability to bring community partners together with government so that both benefit. This past summer, Nucci and his team negotiated a partnership with the community and the City of Boston for the Suffolk University athletic teams to use the East Boston Memorial Park for their home games. As part of the agreement the university will make improvements to the park and provide other resources, such as funding for East Boston High School athletics programs.
"As a lifelong East Boston resident, I am confident that John will fulfill the duties of the committee with pride and with a strong understanding of the needs of the community," said Mayor Walsh. "I congratulate John and look forward to working with him in this new role."
The Massachusetts legislature, under the leadership of Speaker Robert DeLeo, voted to establish the Massport CAC in 2013.
“When the legislation was drafted, the hope was the committee would attract talent like John to represent the various communities,” said Speaker Robert DeLeo. “I’m thrilled he was elected by the CAC to join the Massport Board. The communities surrounding Logan and Massport’s other facilities will certainly benefit from John’s addition.”
The Massport Board is a seven-member group that oversees the financially independent authority, which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston. Board members are not paid for their service.
“We are thrilled to have John join the Massport board, and we expect him to quickly become a valuable member, making extraordinary contributions as an engaged participant,” said Massport Board Chairman Michael Angelini. “His experience and insight in community and government relations will serve as invaluable assets. We greatly appreciate the outstanding service provided by member Doug Husid who is stepping down after making many important contributions to Massport’s success.”
“John has a great wealth of knowledge and an impressive background in community relations and public affairs,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Being a good neighbor is a top priority for Massport and we are looking forward to his unique perspective as we move forward with several critical projects.”
Nucci is a former At-Large Boston City Councilor having served from 1992-1995. Nucci was elected Suffolk County Clerk in 1994 and served in that office for a decade. He also served the Boston School Committee as a member from 1984-1990 and was President for one term. Since 1992 he has taught at Suffolk University as an Adjunct Professor of Public Management. He is a board member of a number of professional affiliations including the Boston Business Improvement District and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, among others. Nucci received a B.A. from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University.