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.