Lonsdale G. Koester has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs since January 2011, overseeing the financial management of the executive office; coordinating the fiscal policies and activities of the secretariat’s six energy and environment agencies; and directing the secretariat’s strategic planning and performance management initiatives.

She has served in the Patrick administration since 2007, first as a capital policy analyst in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, and subsequently as the program manager for MassGOALS, the first iteration of Governor Patrick’s performance management initiative for executive branch agencies.

Lonsdale’s non-profit experience includes consulting for the national office of the United Way of America on the system-wide update of its “Standards of Excellence” for operations and accountability. She also served as a senior program specialist and grantmaker for Reading is Fundamental, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest children’s literacy organization.

She is an an experienced fundraiser, having held several finance positions on both of Governor Patrick's successful election campaigns. Lonsdale is the co-chair of the stewardship committee of Boston's landmark Trinity Church, Copley Square, leading its annual fundraising campaigns. She is also a class volunteer for her college's annual fund.

Lonsdale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from The University of the South (Sewanee) and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Originally from Tennessee, she now lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Torin, and daughter, Perre Coleman.

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