As Chief Financial Officer, Emme Handy serves as the Chief of the Administration and Finance Cabinet, and is responsible for all aspects of financial management for the City of Boston. In this role, she will continue the 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.
In collaboration with other City departments, Handy will implement the Mayor's strategic goals, increase organizational performance and manage the City's overall health — which has reached its pinnacle with perfect bond ratings — under Mayor Walsh. As CFO, Handy will oversee 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, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the Institute's $400 million annual operating budget and $20 million capital budget. Prior to that, Handy served as the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Fiscal Operations at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where she oversaw the development and management of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' annual $37 billion operating budget. As Budget Director in that office, she directed a team of 20 finance, policy, operations, and federal grants management staff in developing a comprehensive, fiscally responsible budget framework for the state, while proactively managing spending and revenue to ensure balanced budgets capable of meeting public needs.
Before joining the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Handy served as a Fiscal Policy Manager and Analyst for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where she developed $3 billion in annual spending and revenue estimates for the Committee in the areas of public health, mental health, disabilities, and veterans services.
Handy, a Northeastern University graduate, currently lives in the South End with her husband, Matthew Handy, and daughter, Josephine.