Innovator. Leader. Advocate. Teacher.
That’s Tom Shack.
As the former Comptroller of Massachusetts, Tom’s leadership helped revolutionize state accountability, transparency and collaboration across 150+ agencies; accounting for $65+ billion annually. He led the development and implementation of an award-winning financial transparency system (CTHRU) helping to bridge the trust gap between taxpayers and state government and is still uncovering millions in fraud, waste, and abuse each year. Since stepping down as Comptroller, Tom created a government innovation laboratory (Citizen Gain) where he’s spoken globally on government transformation, transparency, data security, and public trust issues.
As a prosecutor, Tom was the COO and CFO of the District Attorney’s office; simultaneously he carried a full trial caseload focusing on high level misdemeanors, felonies, and high-profile appellate prosecutions before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He has also been in private practice and led a global business and legal periodical publisher.
Tom received his J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement and received the Dean’s Award for meritorious achievement and service. He also holds a degree in Political Science and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Management from The American University in Washington, D.C.
"We must bring back the basic principles of dignity, service to others, trust, and openness. We must also remember that government was created to serve ALL people, not just a chosen few."
Tom has spoken globally on government transformation and public trust and is a former editor of the Massachusetts Law Review. Tom co-authored a human rights complaint against the People’s Republic of China, for their systematic and felony abuse of Chinese dissidents living in America. He has taught at Boston University School of Law and currently teaches Entrepreneurship at New England Law Boston. For more than a decade, Tom has also been a judge in the Ames Moot Court Program at Harvard Law School.
Working full-time since Tom left home at 17, he married the love of his life, Monica, while attending college at night. Starting his own business at age 22 as the business grew, Tom began the MBA program at night; the same week their daughter Madeline was born. After graduation, Tom and family returned to Massachusetts where he attended law school full-time while commuting hours each day from Cape Cod to Boston and graduating with distinction. Tom then became a trusted and dedicated community leader holding ever increasingly responsible roles in state government as a prosecutor and our state comptroller. A true partner, Monica first worked with several Commissioners of the U.S. Customs Service and in recent years has taken on expanding roles in higher education. Their daughter Madeline graduated from an accelerated undergraduate and master’s program in Architecture; she is now a strong, independent, and successful User Experience designer in Los Angeles, CA.