Robert Emmet Hayes serves as President of the Firm's Public Policy Group. He has over 25 years of experience assisting public and private businesses with strategic planning, business development, constituency building, community relations, and public relations.
He served four terms in the Massachusetts Legislature where he was known for his expertise in the areas of public finance, transportation, and environmental issues. He was recognized for his leadership and honored with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Regional Merit Award, The Water Pollution Control Federation Harry Schlenz Medal, and the Legislator of the Year by both Massachusetts Utility Contractors and Massachusetts Municipal Association. Emmet authored landmark legislation that created Massachusetts' $1.4 billion revolving loan fund, helping cities and towns finance sewer and clean water projects. He chaired the Baird Maguire Superfund Advisory Committee negotiating a permanent solution for one of the worst hazardous waste sites in the nation.
Previously, Emmet co-founded and led a government relations consulting firm, representing a broad range of clients in the areas of public and private transportation, energy regulation, higher education, health care and construction.
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Emmet received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and served as an electronics communications specialist in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam war. In addition, he is a licensed real estate broker. Emmet is married to Shannon O'Brien and they have two daughters.
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