Barbara Lee and Brian Rafanelli will preside over the opening of Healey-Driscoll — Massachusetts

Gov.-elect Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll announced the leadership team for their Inaugural Committee on Wednesday, which includes leaders for electing women to public office and the man behind Naomi Biden’s recent White House wedding.

The opening celebration is planned for Jan. 5, and the Healey-Driscoll team said it will be funded by private donations. The committee sets a $25,000 contribution limit for individuals and businesses, a press release said.

The ceremony will be produced by Rafanelli Events, fresh off the event planning firm’s recent gig at the White House for the wedding of President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, last week. Bryan Rafanelli, the company’s founder and chief creative officer, has long served as co-chairman of Healey’s policy committee finance committee, the release said.

Rafanelli will co-chair the committee with philanthropist Barbara Lee, who Healey’s team says encouraged the governor-elect to run for attorney general in 2013 and “has been a strong supporter ever since.”

Lee founded and serves as president of the Barbara Lee Political Bureau and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which focus on electing women to political office across the country.

“Barbara Lee has helped elect 197 women in 33 states. Her reach is national. She has helped elect the first female Vice President of the United States, as well as every sitting Democratic female U.S. Governor and Senator,” states the Politico Barbara Lee Office website.

Shortly after The Associated Press announced Healy and Driscoll’s election night election night nominations for Massachusetts governor, Lee released a statement saying she was inspired by the women who won this year.

“Tonight’s victories are indeed historic. Nearly 250 years after John Adams drafted the Massachusetts constitution, we have finally moved from ‘remembering the ladies’ to electing them!” he wrote. “When I met Governor-elect Maura Healey nearly two decades ago, I was so inspired by her intellect, compassion and desire to make a difference that I asked her to run on the spot.”

The inaugural committee will be chaired by Katie Prisco-Buxbaum, founder and principal of campaign consulting firm Hyphenated Strategies, who served as general counsel for Driscoll’s campaign for lieutenant governor. Prisco-Bauxbaum’s LinkedIn says she “focuses on progressive candidates and causes,” primarily running campaigns for women and people of color. She served as campaign manager for Andrea Campbell’s Boston mayoral campaign, Democrat Jesse Mermell’s 4th congressional district campaign, and managed Campbell’s first campaign for Boston City Council in 2015.

“Lieutenant-Governor-elect Driscoll and I look forward to hosting an inaugural event that will celebrate the amazing people of Massachusetts and this great state,” Healey said. “We are assembling a team of experts who will produce events that bring people together and celebrate the important work the Healey-Driscoll administration will do to move Massachusetts forward.”

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