On June 28th, 2017, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg named James (Jim) A. MacDonald as the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Jim had been serving as the Interim CEO since January 2017. Jim’s career in the Office of the State Treasurer spans over forty years. In January 2015, Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg appointed Jim to the statutory position of First Deputy Treasurer of the Commonwealth. As part of his role, Jim works closely with other Treasury departments and state agencies on matters of policy and operations.
Jim serves as Treasurer Goldberg’s designee on the Board of Bank Incorporation, Clean Water Trust and the MMDT Advisory Board. He also represents the Treasurer at the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association as well serving as the Chair of the State Debt Management Network for the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), and on the National Association of State Auditor’s, Comptrollers and Treasurers, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and the Training and Professional Development Committee.
On the local level, Jim has been a member of Dedham’s Finance Committee and elected member of the Dedham Charter Commission and Town Meeting. Currently, he is in his eighth term and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, having served five times as chair. Jim resides in Dedham with his wife, Paula, and two sons, James and Stephen. He attended Boston State College and is active in St. Susanna Church in Dedham. He is also involved in many athletic programs for children and young adults with special needs.