Join MASSCreative for our 2022 Election Debrief

On November 8 voters in the Commonwealth and the Nation will cast their votes for federal, state and local candidates. In Massachusetts this includes a new Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as all members of the legislature.

What do the results of these election mean for arts and culture sector? How can you ensure that our newly elected (and reelected) officials become champions for artists, creatives and cultural organizations? Join Federal and State government affairs experts as we analyze the federal and state-level election results, and discuss their potential impact on the arts and cultural sector and workforce in Massachusetts.

When: Wednesday, November 16th | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: Via Zoom (RSVP Today)

Accessibility: This webinar will feature instant closed captions, provided by Should you need additional accessibility support, please indicate your need in the registration.

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David Holland is the Deputy Director at WESTAF where he guides its advocacy and public policy programs; leads external relations; and spearheads leadership and professional development programming, grantmaking, and technical assistance and consulting services across teams. Holland previously served as associate director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and in leadership positions with VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation, VCU School of the Arts, ART 180, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Arts & Business, and the UK innovation foundation Nesta. Holland's early career includes roles as a senior consultant with BOP Consulting, a global consultancy on culture and the creative industries, and as campaigns officer at the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts. Hollandserves as the Co-Chair of the Creative States Coalition, a coalition of citizen advocacy groups and their partners, and as the Co-Administrator of the Cultural Advocacy Group, a federal advocacy coalition. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow, Commager Fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College and master’s degrees in international studies and diplomacy and the history of art from the University of London, SOAS.

Matt Irish is a vice chairman of O’Neill and Associates and manager of the firm’s government relations practice. Drawing upon his more than 25 years of experience with the Massachusetts state legislature and on numerous political campaigns, Matt develops and implements public affairs strategies that help clients reach their goals on the municipal and state levels. Matt provides advice and counsel related to the strategic growth of the company and large-scale business development initiatives.

Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Matt served as Chief of Staff for Massachusetts State Senator Steven Tolman. In this role, he oversaw and directed all legislative, budgetary, personnel and administrative issues and acted as the media spokesman. Before becoming Chief of Staff, Matt served as Senator Tolman’s Senior Legislative Aide and Staff Director. He began his career as a Press Assistant to then-U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Matt graduated from UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He spent his junior year studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He holds two graduate degrees: a master’s degree in modern Irish history from Boston College, as well as a master’s degree in public affairs from the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston. Matt is a native and resident of Worcester, MA and a graduate of Saint John’s High School of Shrewsbury. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of State Lobbyists (NASL) and as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Public Library Foundation.


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