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Douglas I. Foy

secretary, Office Commonwealth Development

Douglas Foy is the President of DIF Enterprises, a company focused on investment and strategic counsel for social ventures, primarily in the areas of energy, housing, smart growth, climate change, and sustainable development. Prior to founding DIF Enterprises, Foy served as the first secretary of the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development, from January 2003 to March 2006, where he oversaw the Executive Office of Transportation, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Energy Resources. Foy was also one of the chief architects of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a groundbreaking agreement negotiated among Northeastern states to create a carbon trading market for all power plants in the region. Prior to his service in the Romney administration, Foy served for 25 years as president of the Conservation Law Foundation, New Englands premier environmental advocacy organization. Foy is well known in New England for initiating the lawsuit that led to the cleanup of Boston Harbor.