Moakley Public Service Award

The annual Moakley Public Service Award recognizes individuals who exemplify Congressman Moakley’s commitment and outstanding performance in the public service sector.

In 2011, the first award was presented to Dolores L, Mitchell for her dedication to promoting high-quality, accessible and affordable health insurance for public service citizens of the Commonwealth and their families. As Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), Mitchell oversees the management of life, health, disability, dental, and vision services for almost 375,000 of the Commonwealth’s employees, retirees, and their dependents. Her 25-year tenure at the GIC has spanned the administrations of Governors Dukakis, Weld, Cellucci, Swift, Romney, and now Governor Patrick.

The 2012 Moakley Public Service Award was presented to Kevin Ryan, chief of staff to Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-9). Ryan began his public service career with Congressman Joe Moakley in 1982, serving as his chief of staff from 1996 until 2001. As a key staffer to the House Rules Committee in 1994, Ryan was integral to the movement and passage of the Brady Bill and Assault Weapons Ban. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Averett University and his master's degere in Government and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University