Today, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy announced Timothy J. McGourthy as incoming Deputy Secretary, effective March 4. McGourthy assumes the role vacated by former Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk, who was named executive director of Massachusetts Technology Collaborative earlier this month.

McGourthy has been engaged on policy development for local, state, and federal initiatives over his 25-year career. In the last twenty years, McGourthy held public sector and nonprofit executive roles focused on the economic growth of Boston and Worcester, most recently serving as the executive director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, a position he has held since February 2014.

Secretary Kennealy said, “I am thrilled to welcome Tim McGourthy to the Baker-Polito Administration. Tim brings a wealth of policy expertise and a deep understanding of municipal government and collaboration at the regional and state level. His work in Massachusetts’ two largest cities, particularly the last 12 years in Worcester, has laid the foundation for a great deal of regional and statewide economic success, and I look forward to leveraging his insights and experiences as we work to spur new jobs and economic prosperity across the state.”

As Deputy Secretary, McGourthy will support the management of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), which works to advance the economic opportunity for residents, partner with local leaders to pursue economic priorities, and engage with businesses to support job creation. EOHED is comprised of several agencies, including Housing and Community Development and the Office of Consumer Affairs, has a $1.4 billion budget and approximately 1,000 employees.

McGourthy said, “I am honored and excited to be serving in the Baker-Polito Administration and to work alongside Secretary Kennealy to ensure economic growth continues, across all regions of the state. I have witnessed first-hand the partnership embodied by this administration and how that has translated into growth and positive momentum in the Worcester region and beyond, and I look forward to contributing to the team’s continued work on behalf of each and every community in this great Commonwealth.”