Maeve Duggan Chief Operating Officer & Acting CEO, MassINC

As interim COO, Maeve Duggan brings extensive public policy, analytical, communication, and project management skills to the role. Previously serving as Research Director for The MassINC Polling Group, she is looking forward to helping lead MassINC into its next exciting chapter.

While at MPG, she continued to develop her expertise across issue areas like education, climate change, housing, and beyond while working with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As interim COO she is committed to continuing the work of MassINC to ensure a robust quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.

Originally from Brookline, Maeve began her career at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. Her research documented emerging trends at the intersection of technology and public life, including politics online, the digital divide, and online harassment. Upon moving back to Boston, she joined the in-house market research team at Hill Holliday before returning to her public policy roots at MPG. She currently lives in Roslindale.

ARTICLES By Maeve Duggan

Kennedy v. Markey is no Pressley v. Capuano

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On Saturday, Representative Joe Kennedy formally announced his campaign to challenge Senator Ed Markey in the Democratic primary. Rumors of a Kennedy run have been swirling since earlier this summer, and with them comparisons to Ayanna Pressley’s successful primary bid against Mike Capuano. While both Pressley and Kennedy represent a generational shift, the similarities end

Seth Moulton and the Shifting Sands of Polls

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Polling is a snapshot of time; when times change, polls are a time capsule of the way it used to be. Perhaps no one better exemplifies the shifting sands of polls right now than Seth Moulton, who has led the apparently unsuccessful charge to block Nancy Pelosi from returning as Speaker of the House. The

Surprise! Mass. Dems don’t want to abolish ICE

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Follow Twitter trends and cable news discussion, and you’d think the Democratic base was all-in on the idea of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Indeed, even national polling seemed to show Democrats headed in that direction, with a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll finding Democrats support abolishing ICE (43 percent) over keeping it (34 percent). Trump

Can Ocasio-Cortez return the favor for Ayanna Pressley?

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Going into the 7th Congressional District debate this week, Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley trailed the incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano by 13 points, according to the latest WBUR poll. The debate was less about issues than it was whether voters want experience or a new perspective in Congress. That’s in keeping with the polling: only

Boston considers non-citizen voting

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Voting is the core of democracy. But who gets to vote has been fraught with political disagreement since America’s earliest days. Recently, a series of decisions from the Supreme Court has loosened enforcement of voting rights in places with sometimes dubious track records. Those rulings, and continued talk of voter fraud from the administration, has

Are you there, Massachusetts? It’s me, the primaries

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Ahhh, the Fourth of July. When we come together to commemorate the beginning of the grand experiment that is America, celebrating government for and by the people. And in Massachusetts – the birthplace of the revolution – the gravity of the moment is not lost on voters as they march toward the purest expression of

Boston Back at the Bidding Table: World Cup 2026 Edition

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FIFA announced on Wednesday that the United States, Mexico, and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 Men’s World Cup. The tournament will be a first on a couple fronts – the first to feature an expanded roster of 48 teams, and the first to be hosted by three countries. The U.S. will host the

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