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WTS-Boston congratulates Abbie Goodman on being selected for the 2017 Woman of the Year Award!


Abbie Goodman joined The Engineering Center (TEC) in May 1996. It is now known as The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET). She serves as the Executive Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) one of TECET’s three sponsoring associations. She also serves as Chief of External Affairs for TECET and for the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE). She is a registered lobbyist for The Engineering Center Education Trust.

She represents ACEC/MA on the MassDOT State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC). She has served on the MassDOT Transportation Advisory Committee and the DCAMM Construction Law Working Group. In 2010, Abbie chaired the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Task Force at the request of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Abbie Goodman served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism from April 1993-November 1995, where she managed the $9.8 million domestic and international tourism marketing program. As Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment from May 1991 to April 1993, Abbie managed trade missions for the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Secretary of Economic Affairs to key markets in Asia, Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. She opened the Commonwealth’s trade offices in Berlin and Jerusalem, hiring staff, arranging leases and overseeing the operations to help Massachusetts companies enter key markets in Europe and the Middle East. Abbie also consulted for the International Trade Office from December 1988 until her appointment as Executive Director by Governor Weld. In both positions she assisted environmental technology firms, software, hardware and telecommunications firms, and biotechnology companies with trade opportunities.

Abbie Goodman has addressed national and local associations, civic and community groups, including half the nation’s governors at the 1992 National Governors’ Association Summer Conference. She held several positions with the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications from 1984-1988 and served in the Mayor’s Office of Cable Communications in the early days of Boston’s cable system from 1982-1984.

Abbie Goodman is a graduate of the CEO Track of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM). She has served as an elected Town Meeting Member in Wellesley, MA. A past President of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, she serves on their Advisory Board. In FY2017, she is the President of the National Association of Engineering Council Executives (NAECE) and served on the national Executive Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) based in Washington, DC. She previously served as Vice President and as Secretary/Treasurer of NAECE and is a longtime member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Women Lobbyists’ Network. She has a BA in Communication with a minor in Political Science from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Abbie Goodman and her husband, Larry Shind, a real estate lawyer and frequent jazz host on 89.7 FM WGBH radio in Boston, are the proud parents of Mira Shind. Abbie is delighted to have served as the head coach or assistant coach of Mira’s soccer team for 17 seasons.



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