2018 Harry S. Cutting Award Jr. Recipient
State Representative Hannah Kane
State Representative Hannah Kane serves as the State Representative for the 11th Worcester District, representing the towns of Shrewsbury and Westborough, Precincts 4 and 5. Hannah was re-elected to serve for a second term in November 2016 and sworn into office as a member of the 190th Biennium session of the Great and General Court on January 4, 2017.
Hannah graduated from Boston University's School of Management in 1993. Hannah has significant experience in both the public and private sectors, beginning her career working as a Product Analyst at Unum Insurance Company. She was then recruited by Lt. Governor Paul Cellucci to the Weld/Cellucci Administration to work on the redevelopment of the former 4,400 acre Fort Devens Army Base and on the merger of two quasi-public state agencies into the economic development authority MassDevelopment as Director of Marketing and Product Development. Hannah helped generate over a billion dollars in economic development across the Commonwealth. Hannah later returned to the private sector as Vice President of Marketing Services for a consulting firm, developing and implementing business growth and marketing strategies for her clients. Hannah most recently co-owned and was managing partner of Beaton Kane Construction.
Hannah not only steps up to the plate time and time again on behalf of both the social and economic challenges that our communities endure, but has never been one to shy away from taking an ardent swing in order to tackle a pending or potential issue, whether large or small.
Long before she was elected into office, Hannah spearheaded fundraising initiatives to better the lives of children and those less fortunate. For nearly two decades, Hannah has served, and continues to do so, as a town meeting member, on our local boards, community panels, educational forums and development committees.
As a State Representative, she has used her role and network to continue to do even more for the community and its most vulnerable populations. Hannah has hosted events that celebrate our seniors and honor our veterans. She continued hosting the golf tournament started by then State Representative (now Lieutenant Governor) Karyn Polito and followed by then State Representative (now Secretary) Matt Beaton to raise critical funds for St. Anne’s Human Services, Westborough Food Pantry and SYFS. Hannah has fought tirelessly to educate our communities on the public health and safety concerns in legalizing recreational marijuana. As a both member of the Central MA Opioid Task Force and a member of the Shrewsbury Coalition for Addiction Prevention and Education, Hannah has also hosted panel discussions for our community to learn how to combat the opioid epidemic. Hannah’s reach is wide and it is deep. And closest to home for SYFS, Hannah has been instrumental in working to find a larger location for the agency in order to strengthen its reach in the community and fulfill the dire need for expanded counseling, mental health and programming services.
Hailing former MA Governor Paul Celluci as the mentor who inspired Hannah to run for office, giving back to others through service remains a priority of the highest regard to her. She, along with her husband, Jim, as a Selectman of Shrewsbury, lead as shining examples to their three children, Madison, Caitlin and Patrick, of what community means, how important gratitude is and using your abilities to make life better for everyone.
Hannah is deeply committed to public service in the community. She is currently:
- an elected Town Meeting Member for 14 years
- an appointed member of the Shrewsbury Finance Committee
- President of the Shrewsbury Public Schools Foundation
- a member of the Shrewsbury Coalition for Addiction Prevention and Education
- a Board Member for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS)
- a Trustee for the Seven Hills Foundation
- a Board and Executive Committee Member for Andover Newton Theological School
- the Host of a charity golf tournament benefitting SYFS, St. Anne’s Human Services and Westborough Food Pantry
- an Advisory Board Member of the 495/MetroWest Partnership
- a member of the Central MA Opioid Task Force
- a Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff
She has also previously been:
- the President of the Shrewsbury Development Corporation
- a member of the Floral, Oak & Sherwood Middle Schools Councils
- the President of Floral Street School PTO
- on the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Resource Development Committee
- a Shrewsbury Oil Assistance Relief: “Let Your Spirit SOAR” Fundraiser Host
- on the Shrewsbury Public Schools Coordinating Council, Superintendent Screening Committee and Foundation for Children’s Books Vice-President
On Beacon Hill, Hannah serves as:
- Ranking Minority Member, Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy
- Ranking Minority Member, Joint Committee on Public Health
- Member, Joint Committee on Transportation
- Member, Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery
- State Director for the National Women in Government Foundation
- Board of Directors Member of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators
Hannah is Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones' Designee on the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health and a legislative commission studying the impact of healthcare inequality in Massachusetts. Hannah was also the recipient of the 2011 Shrewsbury Education Foundation's Community Award For Service and The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association's 2018 Legislator of the Year.
The Cutting Award honors those who embody the spirit of Harry S. Cutting Jr., a Co-Founder of SYFS and noted Shrewsbury philanthropist. Award recipients are chosen for their remarkable and selfless efforts to enhance the community of Shrewsbury.