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Learn about the Team at Boston Investor Relations, including our Mayor of Boston, Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Deputy Treasurer and First Assistant Collector-Treasurer.
Kim Janey, the 55th Mayor of the City of Boston and a proud fourth-generation Roxbury resident, comes from a long line of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. Mayor Janey was raised with values that guide her to this day: the importance of education, the power of community organizing, and the fundamental principles of equity and justice.
Mayor Janey became a mother in high school and worked hard to give her daughter everything she needed to succeed. She began her advocacy on behalf of children inspired by the interconnection of her own daughter’s experiences with those of other children. In her role at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Mayor Janey championed systemic policy reforms to increase equity, excellence, access, and opportunity in Boston Public Schools. She placed a special focus on eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for children of color, immigrant children, students who are learning English, children with special needs, and those living in poverty.
Mayor Janey’s own education followed a path familiar to many Boston residents. After attending the New School for Children, her parents enrolled her in Boston Public Schools. In middle school she had rocks and racial slurs thrown at her during the tumultuous busing era. Later, Mayor Janey attended Reading Public Schools through the METCO program, where she was one of two Black students in her graduating class. Mayor Janey went on to attend Smith College as an Ada Comstock Scholar, but withdrew to care for her grandfather.
Prior to becoming Mayor in 2021, Janey made history in 2017 when she was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7, which includes Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, and the Fenway. In 2020, she was elected by her peers as President of the Boston City Council.
Mayor Janey has been recognized for her service with a number of awards, including the Boston NAACP Difference Maker Award in 2015 and the coveted Sapphire Award in 2017. She was named one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women in 2021. Mayor Janey is the proud mother of daughter Kimesha and a grandmother of three. She lives in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.
As Chief Financial Officer, Emme Handy serves as the Chief of the Administration and Finance Cabinet. In this role, she is responsible for sound fiscal stewardship of the City's human and financial resources to support the long-term growth and stability of the City. Her financial responsibilities include debt and investment management, financial reporting, budget development and oversight, tax administration, and administration of enterprise-wide financial systems. As Collector-Treasurer, she is the custodian of more than 300 City trust funds. Handy oversees many departments, including Assessing, Auditing, Budget, Community Preservation, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Purchasing, Registry, the Retirement Board, Collecting, and Treasury.
Emme Handy joined the City of Boston after serving as the Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a scientific organization focused on improving human health. Prior to that, Handy served as Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as legislative staff for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Handy is a Northeastern University graduate.
As the department head of Treasury for the City of Boston, Drew Smith is responsible for the management of revenue and distributions, management of the City's long-term debt and trust funds, and oversight and implementation of all Treasury statutory and regulatory requirements, and City policies and procedures to keep the City of Boston on solid fiscal footing. The Senior Deputy Treasurer is under the direction of the City's Chief of Administration and Finance, and directs and leads all aspects of the City's Treasury Division.
Drew Smith joined the City of Boston after having served as the Deputy Assistant Treasurer for Debt Management at the Massachusetts State Treasury, where he was responsible for management of $25 billion in outstanding debt; between $3-5 billion in annual debt issuance; and roughly $2.6 billion annually in monthly debt service supporting the Commonwealth's capital infrastructure programs and cash flow borrowing needs. Prior to that, Drew held positions at the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, the Arkansas State Treasury, and Delta Trust Investments. Smith is a University of Arkansas graduate.
As Assistant Collector-Treasurer of the Treasury Division for the City of Boston, Richard DePiano assists the Senior Deputy Treasurer in day to day management of all aspects of the Treasury Division and is responsible for assisting and providing advice in the financial operations and administration of city revenue, cash management, banking, financial investments and administration of City trusts. In addition, Richard DePiano works collaboratively with the Senior Deputy Treasurer and division managers to evaluate and identify changes to the Division’s priorities, processes, organization and systems to ensure that the Division’s business processes and functions are consistent with modern and best practices.
Richard DePiano has been with the City of Boston for more than 37 years serving in various capacities in the Assessing and Treasury Departments. Over the last seven years, Richard DePiano has been the City’s Assistant Collector-Treasurer, collaborating with the Senior Deputy Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Rich is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in both Economics and Finance.