JAY GONZALEZ HAS SPENT HIS CAREER WORKING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS.
Through his work providing health insurance coverage for low-income residents, helping cities and towns build new schools and fire stations, and managing the state budget for Governor Deval Patrick during the Great Recession, Jay has always put people first.
On January 30, 2017, Jay launched his campaign for Governor. His campaign is motivated by his commitment to public service and his belief that, if we aim high, work hard, and support each other along the way, we can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
Jay has been a fierce advocate for high-quality early education for all of our children, and is the former Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.
Most recently, Jay served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families, where he helped tens of thousands of low-income residents access the health care services they need. Under his leadership, Jay turned CeltiCare Health around, launched New Hampshire Healthy Families, grew the company’s regional presence by multiple times and added hundreds of jobs.
Inspired by Governor Deval Patrick’s vision and leadership, he joined the Patrick Administration in 2007 and served as the Governor’s Secretary of Administration and Finance during the Great Recession. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts’ health care reform, and he co-chaired the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Before joining Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, Jay was a partner at a Boston law firm where he specialized in public finance.
Jay has been active in his community since arriving to Massachusetts from Ohio in 1998. He has served on the boards of many community organizations, and he currently serves on the boards of the Dimock Center, Project Hope and the Trust for Public Land. As a former Brookline resident, Jay was an elected Town Meeting Member, Co-Chair of the Town Meeting Members Association, and a member of the Advisory Committee in the Town of Brookline.
Jay lives with his wife, Cyndi, in Needham and has two daughters, Isabel and Abby.