Tom Sommer was named the first president of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) in October 1996 by the organization’s founding Board of Directors. Since that time, Sommer has served as the association’s chief executive officer, managing its day-to-day operations and working with medical device industry executives in developing its policy agenda. Since its establishment, MassMEDIC has grown to 400 member companies – manufacturers and developers of medical products, suppliers, research institutions and academic health centers – and has advanced the public policy interests of the Massachusetts medical device sector on Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, and before various federal agencies.
Prior to his appointment at MassMEDIC, Mr. Sommer served as a vice president of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, where he managed external relations and research activities for this quasi-state agency from 1994-1996. He was vice president for policy and communications of the New England Council, a regional business organization, from 1989-1994.
Mr. Sommer was deputy director of the Massachusetts Office of Federal-State Relations in Washington, D.C. and Boston from 1983-1987, serving as a member of Governor Michael S. Dukakis’s senior staff. From 1980-1983, he was a legislative assistant at the National Association of Development Organizations, a Washington-based association of local economic development officials.
Mr. Sommer received his B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.