Kathryn R. Burton will take over as Mayor Martin Walsh's chief of staff on March 9. Kathryn R. Burton will take over asMayor Martin Walsh's chief of staff on March 9.

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BOSTON—Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced on Tuesday that hehad appointed New Boston Ventures executive Kathryn R. Burton ashis chief of staff, effective March 9.

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Burton currently serves as the director of operations for realestate development firm New Boston Ventures. She has served in thatrole for more than four years. Previously, Burton served as chiefof staff for then-Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman.

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"Kathryn brings a wealth of public policy experience to the Cityof Boston, and I am proud to appoint her as my chief of staff,"said Mayor Walsh. "From her wide-ranging background across sectors,it is clear that she is someone who is smart and driven, and whohas a keen sensibility of the opportunities and challenges we faceas a city. Her commitment to common sense solutions will be avaluable asset as we work together to carry out our wide-rangingand progressive agenda of bold initiatives to move Bostonforward."

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As Chief of Staff for Mayor Walsh, Burton will focus onaccelerating the implementation of the mayor's priorities, ensuringthe effectiveness of city services, and supporting more than 18,000city employees.

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During her tenure with Treasurer Grossman, the Treasury oversawa $9.6 million operating budget, managed the Commonwealth'sdeposits, and issued approximately $3 billion in bonds per year, aswell as overseeing the Massachusetts Lottery and state pensionfunds. She also previously served as a senior official at theBarbara Lee Family Foundation and the Barbara Lee Political Office,which has been a leading force in supporting and electing women inpolitics.

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Burton, a resident of the North End, holds an undergraduatedegree from the University of King's College in Halifax, NovaScotia and a graduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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South End-based New Boston Ventures since its founding in 1986,has developed more than 50 projects throughout easternMassachusetts, all of which have been successfully financed,completed, marketed, and sold.

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Recent notable developments include The Lucas, a high-profileand striking architectural reimaging of a 19th century church;Boulevard on the Greenway, a 36-residence development located onthe Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Modern, a contemporary 62-unit loftstyle condominium; the restoration of the historic Allen HouseMansion and the redevelopment of the Old Salem Jail.

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John Jordan

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