AAF welcomes State Auditor Suzanne Bump to AAF’s Nonprofit ELITE Seminar
Suzanne Bump was elected State Auditor in 2010. She ran with a determination to use the Office to make state government work better. With more than 30 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sector, she believes that better government means government that is more effective, more efficient, more accountable and more transparent.
One hundred days after she was sworn in on January 19, 2011, Auditor Bump implemented sweeping reforms in the Office and a new guiding set of principles under which OSA employees will work to achieve excellence in auditing. As she did so, she explained, “the Auditor’s Office must model the behavior it expects from those it audits – if officials in government and private vendors are going to respect and heed our audit findings, and if the public is to have confidence that this office can be an effective watchdog and agent for change in government.”
Auditor Bump has also begun to use the resources and authority of the office in new ways, to examine areas like the state’s system of tax breaks, credits and incentives for the business community, to identify broken systems within state government, and to determine whether state vendors who provide services ranging from health care to education are delivering the benefits the public expects.
Prior to her election as State Auditor, Bump served in Governor Deval Patrick’s Cabinet as Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. She served eight years in the state legislature, representing Braintree in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She has also worked as a business advocate and counsel for a number of private companies and has sat on the boards of non-profit business and service organizations.
Auditor Bump is a native of Whitman, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English and received her juris doctorate from Suffolk University School of Law.