Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University
Steven Poftak is the Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University. From July-September 2017, he served as interim general manager of the MBTA. Previously, he was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Mr. Poftak has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. His op-eds have run regularly in newspapers across the state. Mr. Poftak also worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts.
His prior experience includes service as Director of Corporate Finance for a privatization fund in Southeastern Europe. He holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. Mr. Poftak serves on the State Board that oversees the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.