The Board and its Duties
The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement Board administers the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System (MTRS). The Board is composed of seven members chosen in accordance with the enabling statute of the MTRS:
- the Massachusetts State Treasurer or his or her designee
- the Auditor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or his or her designee
- two members who are elected by the active and retired members of the system,
- one member—who must be a retired teacher—who is appointed by the Governor,
- one member who is chosen by the vote of the other six, and
- the last member and the Board’s chairperson is the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education or his or her designee.
Excepting the chairperson, State Treasurer and State Auditor, each member serves a four-year term. The length of the chairperson’s term depends upon the term of office of the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Board, which meets at least once a month,
- votes on every disability retirement allowance,
- investigates all claims for accidental and ordinary disabilities,
- establishes the rules and regulations of the agency, and
- oversees the dissemination of services and information to its membership of more than 93,000 active educators and over 66,000 retirees and survivors.
Dr. Ventura Rodriguez
Chair, effective March 16, 2020
Designee of the Commissioner, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Dr. Ventura Rodriguez serves as Senior Associate Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), where he leads a team that partners with stakeholders to identify, design, pilot, and elevate strategies that advance educational equity for Massachusetts students–particularly those traditionally or currently underserved. Current initiatives led by Dr. Rodriguez’s team include efforts to diversify the educator workforce in Massachusetts.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Rodriguez led DESE’s Statewide System of Support, setting policy and programming to support the state’s lowest performing schools and districts. In this role, he helped launch state receivership efforts in Holyoke and Southbridge, and helped create the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP), a ground-breaking collaboration between ESE, Springfield Public Schools, and the SEZP Board intended to turnaround 8 low performing middle schools in Springfield, MA. Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as a board member on the Lawrence Alliance for Education (LAE), the state-appointed receiver for the Lawrence Public Schools.
Dr. Rodriguez began his career as a high school Spanish and humanities teacher in San Francisco and Nairobi, Kenya and was the founder and Executive Director of St. HOPE Leadership Academy, a public charter school in Harlem.
Dr. Rodriguez holds a BA in history from the University of San Francisco, a MA of Education from San Francisco State University, and is a graduate of the Doctor of Education Leadership program (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Deborah B. Goldberg
Treasurer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Chair, Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM );
Chair, State Retirement Board; and
Teachers’ Retirement Board member since January 21, 2015
Deborah B. Goldberg is the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. In that role she is responsible for the state’s cash and debt management, unclaimed property, and chairs state boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, the State Board of Retirement, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. In 2015, she established the new Office of Economic Empowerment, the first of its kind in the country, and chairs its Economic Empowerment Trust Fund. Treasurer Goldberg also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Treasurers.
As a former businesswoman and local elected leader, Treasurer Goldberg brings innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to uphold economic stability and create opportunity for every Massachusetts resident. Treasurer Goldberg served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, including two as its Chair. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in retail operations, buying, and consumer affairs at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc.
Treasurer Goldberg is the President of Adoptions with Love and serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank. She was one of the founders of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and is a trustee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Director at Affiliated Physicians Group/BIDHC. Treasurer Goldberg has been actively involved with numerous philanthropic activities, including The Grow Clinic, the 100 Club, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
A graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School, Ms. Goldberg lives in Brookline with her husband Michael Winter and their son, Evan, and daughter, Meredith.
Vice Chair, State Treasurer’s designee
Executive Director, State Retirement Board
Appointed February 3, 2003
Mr. Favorito serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Retirement Board which administers the State Retirement System on behalf of more than 50,000 retired and 83,000 active members. As an attorney, Mr. Favorito previously practiced in the areas of public employee retirement law, education, and municipal law. Mr. Favorito is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College and Suffolk University Law School.
Suzanne M. Bump
Auditor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Teachers’ Retirement Board member
Since January 19, 2011
Suzanne M. Bump, the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, and the first female to serve in this role in the state’s history, was sworn into office in January 2011.
Upon taking office, Auditor Bump sought to modernize and professionalize her office by instituting training programs, encouraging employees to earn professional certifications, and developing a career ladder program to support employee professional development.
Bump expanded the use of technology throughout the agency, and championed the development and utilization of advanced data analytics capabilities to identify waste, fraud, and abuse throughout government.
Prior to her election, Auditor Bump served in former Governor Deval Patrick’s cabinet as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and represented the Town of Braintree for eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In the private sector, she worked as a business advocate, legal counsel, and sat on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis House.
Auditor Bump currently chairs the Municipal Finance Oversight Board, serves on the board of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System, the Executive Committee of the National State Auditors Association, and is a past president of the Association of Governmental Accounting’s Boston Chapter. In 2016, she was appointed to serve on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Domestic Working Group to advise the Comptroller General.
A native of Whitman, Auditor Bump attended Cardinal Spellman High School and is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University School of Law.
General Counsel | Deputy Auditor, State Auditor’s designee
Appointed December 8, 2021
Michael Leung-Tat serves as the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) General Counsel and Deputy Auditor. Leung-Tat oversees the OSA’s legal affairs, as well as the agency’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and Division of Local Mandates. From 2017 to 2019, he served first as Legal Counsel for BSI before joining the OSA Legal department as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to returning to the OSA, he served as Deputy Division Chief in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division and was Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Boston’s Law Department for the Boston Public Schools. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Dennis J. Naughton
Elected by the Membership
Term expires December 31, 2023
Board-elected member to the PRIM Board
Dennis Naughton was elected to the Board in December 2011. He began his career as a public school educator in the Millis Public Schools in 1968, where he served as a high school social studies teacher for 33 years, as well as social studies department head and golf coach. During that time he served on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) evaluating teams at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Manchester High School (now Manchester Essex High School) in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and University Park Campus School in Worcester. He served as principal of Millis High School from 2001 to his retirement in 2004.
From 1977 to 1997, Mr. Naughton served as president of the Millis Teachers Association. He also served several terms on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Teachers Association . Since his retirement, he served as interim assistant principal at Norton High School in 2005-2006, and as interim principal at Douglas High School in 2009.
Mr. Naughton is actively involved as a retired life member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Educational Association. He holds an A.B. in History from Saint Anselm College and an M.A.T. in History from Assumption College. Mr. Naughton resides in Foxborough.
Jacqueline Gorrie was elected to the Board in December of 2015. Jackie began and ended her 36 year teaching career in the Taunton Public Schools as a Second Grade teacher and a Kindergarten Teacher.
As a lifelong public school educator, Jackie’s advocacy for her profession and her students led her to many leadership roles within her Union. Locally, she served as the Public Relations and Political Action Chairperson, the Secretary, Vice President/ Grievance Chairperson and President of the Taunton Education Association. Her community activism led her to her state and national activism as a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association Board of Directors and subsequently as a member of the National Education Association Board of Directors.
Currently, Jackie represents retired members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the MTA Board of Directors and is a member of the MTA Retired Members Committee. She is also on the Finance Committee and the St. Vincent De Paul Committee for her parish.
A resident of Randolph, Jackie continues to be an active advocate for retiree issues in both the MTA and NEA. Jackie holds a BA from Bridgewater State College and an M.ed from Cambridge College.
Appointed to the Board in January 2012, Mr. Liston was a special education teacher in the Everett Public Schools for 40 years and served as the president of the Everett Teachers Association for 27 years. He currently represents retired members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the MTA Board and is co-chair of the MTA Retired Members Committee. Mr. Liston holds a B.A. and M.A. in special education from Fitchburg State University.
Appointed by the Governor
Anne Wass, former president of the 107,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, is a champion of students, public schools and public higher education.
Mrs. Wass has spent all of her adult life in public education and has served in many leadership positions. She taught sixth grade at the Hanover Middle School for 31 years. She has served on the MTA Board of Directors and state Executive Committee, and she has been president of her local association in Hanover at two different times. Mrs. Wass was MTA president from 2006 until 2010. Before taking office as president, she served as the association vice president for four years.
Teaching is Mrs. Wass’ passion, and she has won a number of awards honoring her abilities as a teacher. These awards include the Bristol County Educators’ Association Kathleen Roberts Human Relations Award, the Plymouth County Education Association’s Honor Award and the Loretta Quinlan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the PCEA. She also won the first MTA Friend of Labor Award and the Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award. She received the Salem State University Friend of Education Award in 2010.