Video from the JPP Forum held on November 20, 2013
Bio from Steve Grossman’s website:
Steve Grossman is a small businessman with more than 35 years of experience running a successful fourth generation family company and union shop, creating jobs and career opportunities for his employees. He is running for governor to bring the people of Massachusetts proven leadership and dynamic economic growth that leaves no one behind.
Steve always takes on the tough issues. He and his wife Barbara were early leaders in the fight for marriage equality. As CEO of Grossman Marketing Group, he was the first business owner in Massachusetts to testify in favor of earned sick time in 2006.
Elected treasurer in 2010, Steve worked with community banks and created the Small Business Banking Partnership, an innovative program to help small businesses get the money they need to grow and create jobs. Steve’s pioneering program has helped generate more than $1 billion in loans to small businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants, and veterans.
He has also reformed hiring practices throughout Treasury, recruiting the most qualified person for every position and reflecting the diversity of our society. He put the state’s checkbook online to ensure greater transparency and sent nearly every major contract out for competitive bidding, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
As chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and as national party chair under President Bill Clinton, Steve launched initiatives that propelled women, youth, and people of color into leadership positions.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Steve lives in Newton. His wife, Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, is a professor at Tufts University and serves as vice chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. They have three sons, David, Ben, and Josh, and four grandchildren.