About Marybeth

I am service-minded. My entire career has been dedicated to public service on the local and federal levels. My extensive work experience over the past 22 years in the Berkshires has been focused on community planning and development, workforce development, job counseling and placement, affordable housing, education, mental health services, woman’s services, cultural enrichment, and improving public infrastructure. Prior to coming to the Berkshires in 2001 with my husband, Kevin and our three daughters, we moved throughout the country and the world as a U.S. Navy family. During those years my work was primarily focused in the federal and private sectors with an emphasis on housing and community development.

About Marybeth Mitts

My Background

Marybeth Mitts for State Representative

I grew up in West Hartford, CT. One summer, I was very lucky to have friends who invited me to visit in Otis. We swam, waterskied (mostly I wiped out) and in the evening, we piled into a car, driving over the hills through the lush green summer tree cover in Becket, Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge to attend Tanglewood on Parade. Time on Otis Reservoir; the lawn at Tanglewood surrounded by lush trees and inspirational music; this was heaven.

I’m very familiar with western Massachusetts, I went to Mount Holyoke College. From apple-picking at Atkins Orchard to riding the 5 college vans to Hampshire, Amherst, UMASS and Smith in Northampton, to watching my own kids play for the Western Mass Girl’s Basketball championship at The Cage at UMASS Amherst. I’ve been familiar with the region for decades.

I earned a Master’s in Public Policy at University of Maryland in College Park and began my career as a Presidential Management Intern at HUD under Jack Kemp during the Reagan Administration. In Community Planning and Development’s Rental Rehabilitation Program, I was assigned Regions 1 and 9; New England states and California, Nevada and Hawaii, respectively.

After a couple of years, I met my husband Kevin at a bar in Washington DC, a year later, we married at Mount Holyoke College. The Sunday after our wedding, we grabbed a picnic and I introduced him to the lawn at Tanglewood. Thankfully, Kevin was as taken with Tanglewood as I had been. After a week, traveling around New England, our 10 year tour of duty with the Navy began in earnest.

During my husband’s military service, we were stationed in FL, 3 locations in Southern California, Okinawa, Japan and Newport, RI. Moving a lot can make your resume look like you can’t hold a job. Fortunately, when we got engaged while I was still in Washington DC, I became a senior budget analyst at Office of the Comptroller for Shipbuilding and Conversion in Pentagon City, VA. I was responsible for change orders and financial oversight of 5 billion dollars’ worth of naval tankers, oilers, landing craft and ironically, the Navy’s two hospital ships, the Mercy and the Comfort. During his flight training in Pensacola as a Flight Surgeon, I worked as an executive assistant at NAPA Auto HQ.

We moved to Southern California where I was Fiscal Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, the only civilian on the Commanding Officer’s Executive Staff. Then, I became Deputy Comptroller of Marine Corps Air Station Tustin and to supplement our income—have you ever purchased a home in Southern California?—I began a side hustle writing municipal Housing Affordability Strategies required for entitlement cities to get their federal housing allocations. That went so well that I left federal service and started my own business, Affordable Housing Professionals, serving several southern CA cities and counties. When my husband completed his orthpaedic surgery residency, our family was transferred to Okinawa, Japan.

Our third child was born at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, where my husband was Department Chair of Orthopaedics and later, the Executive Officer of the Hospital. I didn’t work “outside the home” during those three years, I was happy to take advantage of the cultural offerings of Okinawa, and enjoy the company of other military families who shared our tour of duty and raise our three girls. In 2000, my husband was assigned to Naval Training Center Newport, RI as Department Chair of Orthopaedics. In 2001, my husband was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, and he got a job in Pittsfield.

My husband and I could have located anywhere in the United States when he left military service: we chose Berkshire County. We knew we could raise our family here with great outdoor recreational activities, outstanding cultural offerings, and first-rate public schools.

Our children attended the Lenox Public Schools, during which time I served 3 terms on the Lenox School Committee, my final year as Chairwoman.

Currently, I’m chairwoman of the Lenox Affordable Housing Trust. In 2017, the Trust developed a Housing Production Plan. Preservation of existing housing stock throughout the county is a priority. The Town of Lenox is applying for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that help homeowners make health and safety improvements to their homes, ensuring their houses remain up to code. This program is up and running in Great Barrington, Lee and Egremont.

I also am serving my second three-year term as a Lenox Select Board member. I am liaison to the Lenox Library, Lenox Cultural District, the Lenox Cultural Council, School Committee and Affordable Housing Trust. Public service is important to me; I enjoy assisting people find the resources they seek to improve their experience living and working in the town of Lenox. I want to expand that to help all 18 towns in the 3rd Berkshire District get the attention and resources we deserve here in Western Massachusetts.

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My Experience

    1. Select Board Member | Town of Lenox

      Five-member Board responsible for planning, budget ($29 million budget) and policy development for Town of Lenox, MA

      Liaison to:
      Affordable Housing Trust · Town Hall · Municipal Vulnerability Plan · Master Plan Commission · Charter Review · School Committee · Lenox Library · Lenox Cultural District · Finance Committee

    2. Master Plan Commission | Town of Lenox

      A volunteer group comprised of local board and committee members, town staff and engaged Lenox residents. The resultant Town of Lenox Master plan replaces a 20-year-old plan from 1999 and serves to guide town planning in 13 major areas including land use, transportation, economic development, infrastructure and public safety for the next 20 years.

    3. Charter Review Commission | Town of Lenox

      Review of the Commonwealth’s authorizing legislation supporting the Town of Lenox form of government, its town manager/Select Board format. The Commission was tasked with updating the 1993 language to reflect current town governance, board and committee formats. The Charter Review Commission will bring the draft language to Town Meeting within FY24/25.

    4. Consultant | City of Pittsfield

      Grant writer for Infrastructure and Economic Development.

    5. Lenox School Committee | Town of Lenox

      An elected position, serving three terms, the last two as Vice-Chairman and Chairman, respectively. One of seven members responsible for community relations with students, parents, staff, policy and goal development, and budget ($12 million annual).

      Included subcommittee service:

      Insurance · School Policy · Regulation Development · Collective Bargaining · Teachers Contracts (Unit A) § Chair for Unit A negotiations in 2011-12 · Support Personnel (Unit C)

    6. Board Member | The Brien Center

      A community-based nonprofit and Berkshire County’s largest provider of community behavioral health and substance use disorder services employing nearly 500 people at 25 locations county-wide.

    7. MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board

      Prepared and led professional development workshops for jobseekers to find and retain employment in the region. Assist regional employers in determining talent recruitment and training needs and assisting with recruiting for state sponsored training programs in CNA, medical, advanced manufacturing and hospitality sectors.

    8. Elizabeth Freeman Center

      Prepared and led workshops for women attending Money Class in how best to use MassHire Career Center resources, website as they launched themselves toward financial independence.

    1. Deputy Comptroller, U.S. Dept of Navy | Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, CA

      Manage, allocate, plan and track a $60 million budget for operations, maintenance and capital expenditures.

    2. Fiscal Officer, U.S. Dept of Navy | Marine Corps Air Station, Oceanside, CA

      The highest ranking civilian at MCAS Camp Pendleton on Commander’s staff; managed planned and budgeted operations, maintenance and capital programs.

    3. Senior Budget Officer, U.S. Dept of Navy | Office of the Comptroller, Pentagon City, VA

      Negotiate and manage orders for over $5 billion in shipbuilding assets. Responsible to Navy comptroller of shipbuilding.

    4. Rehabilitation Management Specialist | U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.

      Presidential Management Intern in Office of Urban Rehabilitation, HUD. Policy Guidance to US regions 1 and 9, rotational assignments at Senate Budget Committee (Minority Staff, Commerce, Transportation, Housing ), Federal National Mortgage Assn., Regional HUD office, Hartford, CT.

    1. Manager, Spouse Partner Resources | Williams College, Williamstown, MA

      Create and cultivate networking and employment opportunities in collaboration with academic, administrative and community resources.

    2. Manager of Institutional Giving | Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

      Research, apply and monitor all incoming Federal, state, corporate and local foundation funds. Responsible for tracking and reporting on sources and uses of all funds.

    3. Asst. Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations | Williams College, Williamstown, MA

      Assist faculty and administrative staff at college in developing and applying for corporate and foundation grants, their subsequent monitoring and reporting of use of funds.

    4. Principal/Owner, Affordable Housing Professionals, Inc. | San Diego, CA

      Specializing in development and execution of affordable housing programs for municipalities’ redevelopment, homeowner housing rehabilitation and first time homebuyer programs. Municipalities of: Garden Grove, El Cajon, San Juan Capistrano, San Bernardino County, Riverside County.

    5. Consultant, Comprehensive Housing Services, Inc. | Vice President, Rehab Financial Corporation, Fountain Valley, CA

      Program marketing, development, execution and monitoring of city and county government CDBG programs, first time homebuyer programs and composing housing strategies. Wrote and won $3million HOME Grant award for City of Pomona. Worked with Anaheim, El Monte, Inglewood, Vista, Garden Grove, Poway, El Cajon, Pomona, South Gate, San Juan Capistrano, San Bernadino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County.

    1. Masters Degree Public Management | University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, College Park, MD

      I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in College Park, MD.

    2. Bachelor of Arts | Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

      I received my Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

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