Government Affairs Committee (GAC)



Michael J. Walsh, PE

Vice President

CDM Smith

75 State Street, Suite 701

Boston, MA  02109

W: 617-452-6535

walshmj @

Vice Chair:

Jennifer A. Howe, PE

Principal | Director of Federal Government Studio

SMMA | Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
W: 617/520.9494

jhowe @



Board Liason

Michael J. Scipione, PE
President & CEO
Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
Five Centennial Dr
Peabody, MA  01960-7906
T:  978/532-1900
scipionm @



Massachusetts General Court (Legislature) website



ACEC/MA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) usually meets on the last Friday of the month, immediately after the ACEC/MA Board of DIrectors Meeting.  Check the Programs and Events on this web site for the date of the next meeting. 


ACEC/MA promotes the business interests of the engineering industry to the Massachusetts State Legislature, state agencies, regional and local public authorities, members of Congress, and business organizations by seeking the passage of legislation, regulations and policies that create a favorable business climate in which the engineering industry can help Massachusetts grow and improve the quality of life for its citizens. ACEC/MA's government advocacy program is focused on four principal public policy objectives:

  • Enhanced infrastructure funding to keep pace with the Commonwealth's growth and aspirations;
  • Contracting out of engineering services by public agencies to harness private sector innovation, expertise, and cost-effectiveness;
  • Procurement reform to make sure that engineering services are procured on the basis of quality and value; and
  • Elimination of regulatory and tax barriers to the business of engineering.

ACEC/MA also provides the professional expertise of engineering firms as necessary to support the development of public policy that protects the health, welfare and safety of the Commonwealth's citizens.