David Abdoo

Chief of Staff

Dave Abdoo is the Chief of Staff of MassDevelopment. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Dave performed 20 years of public service in high profile, publicly accountable organizations in local, state, and federal governments. Most recently, he was the Chief of Staff at the MBTA where he served as senior strategic advisor to the CEO/General Manager. He was responsible for advancing the CEO's vision and priorities with the executive staff on a wide variety of topics including optimizing operations, customer improvements, cost containment, improved safety, resiliency, accessibility, and organizational design. Prior to the MBTA, Dave was the Chief of Staff of the DCAMM providing strategic leadership to an agency charged with direct management of 5.5 million square feet of state buildings as well as the development and maintenance of an annual capital budget more than $450 million. Dave also served in administrative and intergovernmental roles at the US Department of Health and Human Services. He also served four terms on the Lawrence City Council. Dave grew up in Lawrence, graduated from Salem State University, attended the Sawyer School at Suffolk University and served his country in the United States Army/National Guard.

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