Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito swore in Carlos DaCunha, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at St. Anne’s Credit Union to the Baker-Polito Administration’s Economic Development Planning Council. This Council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Governor Baker by the end of 2019.
“I am proud to be appointed to this Council as it seeks to strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy by strategically engaging stakeholders throughout the state on ways to enhance partnerships with municipalities, education institutions, businesses, and other important community organizations. Since 2015, the Administration has invested $1.5 billion in grants in over 300 communities, aiding in the addition of thousands of jobs and housing across the Commonwealth and I look forward to contributing toward the excellent work that has already been instituted.”
Carlos will play an important collaborative role in the regional engagement sessions across the state to obtain public input in the development of a new economic development plan, and then as a Council member to collectively develop and adopt a written economic development policy that will be presented to Governor Baker and guide economic policy for the Commonwealth over the next four years. He brings over 30 years of financial experience to this diverse Council that is consisted of representation from every region of the Commonwealth, including appointees of the House and Senate, small business owners and leaders from key business sectors and represents individuals in a range of industries from higher education to manufacturing – ensuring benefits from a wide range of perspectives.
In addition to this Council, Carlos is heavily active in the local community, currently holding volunteer positions including Treasurer and Executive Director of the Bristol County Economic Development Consultants, Commissioner of the New Bedford Regional Airport, Steering Committee Member of the New Bedford Waterfront Urban Renewal Plan, Past President and current Director of the Prince Henry Society, Advisor to UMass Dartmouth’s Charlton College of Business, and member of the New Bedford CEO Council.