Michael J. Widmer has been President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation since 1992. He joined the Foundation in 1990 after more than 20 years of management and political experience in both the public and private sectors in Massachusetts. He held a variety of senior-level positions at Cabot Corporation between 1979 and 1990, first as Director of Public Affairs and later as Vice President for Human Resources.
During the 1970s Mr. Widmer served with the Sargent administration as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Human Services and in the first Dukakis administration as the Governor's Director of Communications and Deputy Chief Secretary. Earlier in his career Mr. Widmer worked as a reporter for United Press International.
A cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Widmer holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University.