Jordan Maynard named 5th Commissioner of MGC in joint appointment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will welcome a new commissioner to its ranks with the announcement that Jordan Maynard has been named to the MGC via joint executive appointment. His appointment is effective August 1, 2022.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg appointed Maynard to the commissioner spot slated for an individual with experience in the legal and policy issues related to gaming.

Per statute, two commissioners are appointed by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer. Maynard will fill his appointed seat through March 2026.

“On behalf of my fellow commissioners, I want to congratulate Jordan Maynard on his appointment and welcome him to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission,” said Chair Cathy Judd-Stein.

“Jordan is respected throughout state government and his talent and experience is a welcome addition to the MGC and our work regulating the Massachusetts gaming industry. Having Jordan join and round out our five-member commission is exciting, and I look forward to beginning to work alongside him in the days ahead.”

Maynard has served as Governor Baker’s Chief Secretary and Director of Boards and Commissions for the Office of the Governor since February 2019. In this capacity, he has overseen appointments for over 800 state boards and commissions and recruited and placed senior officials across the administration.

Under his tenure, the Baker-Polito Administration recruited a record number of diverse appointees to boards and commissions over a three-year period. In this role, Maynard worked extensively on issues related to gaming policy and oversaw multiple appointments to the Gaming Commission. He also worked closely with the Commission’s leadership on appointments to the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee, including the Committee Chair and multiple appointments focused on public health and addiction issues.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maynard also served as the Washington, DC Director for the Office of the Governor from March-July 2020. In this capacity, he worked to coordinate state agencies’ interactions with the federal government and supported the procurement of millions of pieces of PPE for the Commonwealth.

Before serving in the Office of the Governor, Maynard worked as statewide director for MassVictory during the 2018 election and as the Deputy Director of the Baker-Polito 2019 Inaugural Committee. Prior to that, Maynard served the Commonwealth at the Division of Professional Licensure (today the Division of Occupational Licensure) as an external affairs manager, where he worked closely with board and commission members on licensing and regulating over 580,000 individuals across 150 trades and professions.

“I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth by working to recruit a diverse array of qualified leaders to serve in state government over the past several years, and I am humbled to be able to continue my service as a member of the Gaming Commission,” Maynard said.

“I am deeply appreciative to Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey and Treasurer Goldberg for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my fellow Commission members and staff to support the important work of the Gaming Commission.”

Before entering state service, Maynard worked as a civil attorney, including as an advocate for individuals with disabilities before the Social Security Administration.

Maynard is a first-generation college graduate from eastern Kentucky who earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Morehead State University in 2010 and his Juris Doctorate from the Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2013. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife.

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