Jo Comerford

Massachusetts State Senator , Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester

Jo will continue to be an essential voice for LGBTQ equality!


You might know Jo from her first-term work as your state Senator or you might know her from her decades of work regionally and nationally.

Jo came to western Massachusetts in the late 1990s fresh out of social work school to help lead a crisis intervention outreach team through the Center for Human Development. Jo quickly became part of the region’s progressive community working for seven years as the director of the western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee and then as director of programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. After The Food Bank, Jo led National Priorities Project as its executive director followed by four years as a Campaign Director for MoveOn.

Jo knows how government works. She has first-hand experience in cracking open complex budgets, helping to broker and implement public policy, and leading strategic and game-changing initiatives in strong partnership with lawmakers at the national, state, and local levels.

Jo’s wife, Ann, is a public school teacher. Jo and Ann have two wonderful children who are in the Northampton Public Schools (plus a dog and two cats).

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