5’4” starting point guard. Harvard College alumni. The people’s lawyer. Who could this be? The MA Attorney General Maura Healey. After graduating from high school, Healey studied at Harvard where she majored in government. During her time there, she was the co-captain of the women’s basketball team, and then went on to play pro basketball in Europe for two years. Healey returned to Boston to attend Northeastern Law School and became a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms. As the daughter to parents who held government jobs, while working in the private sector, her family’s dedication to public service gnawed at her. Thus Healey went to work for Martha Coakley, then the new attorney general, as chief of the AG’s civil rights division. After their historic victory on the federal DOMA lawsuit, Coakley put Healey in charge of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau—effectively running half of the AG’s office. However, she wanted to run the other half as well.
Elected to office in 2014, Maura Healey became the new Attorney General. Since then, Healey has transformed into a symbol to protect the underserved. Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system, but her influence doesn’t stop there. Around the office, whenever anyone speaks about Healey, their eyes light up with respect and it’s not hard to see why. Always greeting everyone with her kind smile, and signing her emails with “thanks for all you do”, Maura Healey really is for the people.