Effort to Increase Efficiency, Effectiveness of State Programs
Kelly K. Mahoney to Serve as Governor's Director of Policy
Providence, RI - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Director of Policy Brian M. Daniels has agreed to lead the state's performance management initiative, working with departments and agencies to encourage data-driven decision making and help them produce meaningful results to achieve their public missions.
"Given the scarcity of resources and the mounting challenges in future budgets, state government in Rhode Island must learn to operate more efficiently and effectively. Performance management is an increasingly recognized method of measuring the results of government programs and initiatives, ensuring that we are proper stewards of taxpayer dollars and that Rhode Islanders are getting a good return on their investment. Brian has a considerable knowledge of performance management, and he is the ideal candidate to lead these exciting new efforts," Governor Chafee said.
The Governor also announced that Kelly K. Mahoney, currently the Director of Policy for the Rhode Island Department of Administration, will serve in the same capacity in his office.
"I am also pleased that Kelly Mahoney, who has done an outstanding job as Director of Policy at the Department of Administration, will be joining my office in the same role. Kelly understands the challenges facing Rhode Island, and I am confident that she will ably lead my office in the identification of policy issues, the drafting of legislative proposals, and the crafting of solutions to the issues that will inform and support my administration as we work to bring jobs and economic development to Rhode Island," Governor Chafee continued.
Immediately prior to joining Governor Chafee's staff, Daniels was a research consultant at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), where he focused on federal health care reform and the steps that the state and municipal governments must take for its implementation. Daniels previously worked for nearly eight years in the Washington office of Congressman Jim Langevin, initially as Legislative Assistant and then, from 2002-2008, as Legislative Director. Prior to joining Langevin's office, Daniels served as Legislative Correspondent, Systems Administrator, and Staff Assistant in former Congressman Robert Weygand's Washington office. Daniels earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. While at Yale, Daniels worked with the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven as the Yale President's Public Service Fellow. A Warwick native, he currently resides in Providence.
Since February, 2011, Kelly K. Mahoney has served as the Rhode Island Department of Administration's Director of Policy, working directly under Department Director Richard A. Licht. Mahoney previously spent eight years with the Rhode Island Senate, first as Assistant Director of Policy / Senior Policy Analyst, then as Deputy Director of Policy. Before joining Senate staff, Mahoney was the first Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and a U.S. Team Member with the Rhode Island Sea Grant / University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center. She received a BA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Leadership from Northeastern University and is a resident of North Kingstown.