Rosemary J. Powers currently serves as the president of Cristo Rey Boston High School, in Boston, MA. Cristo Rey Boston exclusively serves students from under-resourced families with an innovative model combining college-preparatory academics and a corporate work-study program. A seasoned senior executive in the public sector with a demonstrated history of successfully managing complex projects and diverse teams, Rosemary brings her considerable organizational skills to the role of president. She leads the team of teachers, staff, benefactors and the corporations involved in the work-study program to create platforms that allow Cristo Rey students to succeed in college and career.
Rosemary is a highly respected professional with expertise in the transportation, energy and environmental sectors who is skilled in operations and budget management, in addition to possessing extensive experience in Governmental Affairs. Prior to joining Cristo Rey Boston, Rosemary was the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gina M. Raimondo, with oversight of the agencies in the Energy, Environment and Transportation portfolio. She was the point person in the administration for the development of the offshore wind industry and led, for Governor Raimondo, efforts to invest and decarbonize the transportation network, including regional rail service.
Rosemary’s tenure in Rhode Island followed several years working in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration including as the Deputy Director of State Operations responsible for all the operations and policy development for the transportation, energy, environment and civil rights agencies. Rosemary joined Governor Cuomo’s office after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the New York State Department of Transportation.
Rosemary has long demonstrated interest in politics and government service. She has been an advocate, a community activist, a candidate for elected office and has worked in various positions at the city and state level. She left Massachusetts state service after serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Before joining the Governor’s staff, she served as both Chief of Staff at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and as Government Affairs Director for the Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as spending more than 6 years as Chief of Staff for former Massachusetts State Senator Jack Hart.
Rosemary received her BA from Suffolk University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.