Every year our Institute is fortunate to have a new mix of staff, faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students to fill our small but mighty team. Everyone contributes unique skillsets and personalities to the office, leading to a variety of strengths that contribute to the success of our work. While our professional backgrounds may range from economics to administration to political science, we all share a dedication to democracy and disseminating research for public use.
Jim Gomes is the Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. He began his career as a lawyer at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr and as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General. He left the practice of law to become Chief of Staff to newly-elected Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor John Kerry in 1983. Jim was the Policy Director of Mr. Kerry’s successful first campaign for United States Senate and then served as Executive Assistant to Senator Kerry.
Jim later returned to state government and was Massachusetts’ Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs under Governor Michael Dukakis. For nearly fifteen years he was President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), a leading policy and advocacy organization. During his tenure at ELM, Harvard Law School named him a Wasserstein Fellow for his “outstanding contribution to public interest law.” He later served in the campaign and on the transition team of Governor Deval Patrick, co-chairing the Energy and Environment committee. He served for five years as Chairman of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, the commonwealth’s environmental philanthropy.
An expert on the politics of policy implementation, Jim has taught or lectured at several area colleges and universities including Brandeis, Harvard, Trinity, Tufts, Wellesley, and Williams. His writings have appeared frequently in many publications including the Boston Globe. At Mosakowski, Jim launched Clark’s Family Impact Seminar program for Massachusetts legislators, led the Data and Evaluation Unit of Worcester’s Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership, forged Clark’s research partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on its Working Cities Challenge for mid-sized cities, and co-founded the Academic Health Collaborative of Worcester, a unique collaboration with government, health providers, and other universities. He teaches periodically on American Government topics in the Political Science Department.
Jim holds a B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Margaret Post has served as senior researcher with the Innovation Network Inc. since 2013, where she co-leads a multi-year participatory evaluation of the Center for Community Change. She also conducts research on the prevalence and political efficacy of 501(c) (4) nonprofit advocacy organizations. Post is author of “Grassroots Coalitions and State Policy Change: Organizing for Immigrant Health Care” (2011) and co-editor of “Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education,” with Elaine Ward, Nicholas Longo and John Saltmarsh (2016).
At the Mosakowski Institute, Post will provide leadership on the development and implementation of community-based research. In addition, she brings with her a portfolio of grant-funded participatory research on the role of nonprofit organizations in social policy change. Post will hold a joint appointment at Clark in the Department of International Development, Community and the Environment (IDCE), where she will teach courses on public policy.
Post holds a master of public policy from the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Lisa Coakley ‘11 came to Clark University in 1997. Prior to assuming her current position of Executive Assistant to the Director at the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Lisa worked closely with faculty and students as Program Assistant to Clark’s Communication and Culture Program and its Higgins School of Humanities. She provides primary staff support to the Director, plans and executes several major annual events and lectures, and is the first point of contact for the institute.