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William McNamara begins term as Comptroller of the Commonwealth

A headshot of Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William McNamara

William McNamara has assumed his role as the 20th Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, effective February 21, 2020.

Comptroller McNamara, appointed in February by Governor Charlie Baker, brings a wealth of both public and private sector leadership experience to the Office of the Comptroller.

McNamara most recently served as Assistant Secretary for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F), focusing on the impacts of federal tax reform legislation on state revenue and state residents, as well as new revenue sources. Prior to his role at A&F, McNamara served as Deputy Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Additionally, Comptroller McNamara has more than 20 years of experience in private sector financial services, including consulting for investment management and wealth firms.

Said Comptroller McNamara, “I am excited at the opportunity to lead the Office of the Comptroller as we embark upon a large-scale transformation of many of the state’s accounting and human resource systems. I look forward to drawing on my public- and private- sector experience to provide solutions-oriented service that instills confidence taxpayers of the Commonwealth with trust in their government.”

Comptroller McNamara earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English at Williams College and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. He is a native of Norwood, Massachusetts.

About the Office of the Comptroller

The Office of the Comptroller of Massachusetts is the uniquely independent and apolitical overseer of more than $65 billion in governmental and other funding sources annually.

We oversee the Commonwealth’s financial systems, promoting integrity, mitigating risk, and providing accurate reporting and promoting transparency to illustrate the financial health of Massachusetts. As stewards of the public trust, we aspire to inspire confidence by maintaining our core principles: clarity, integrity, and accountability.

The statutory powers and obligations of the Comptroller are enumerated at M.G.L. c. 7A.