George Hertz ’69, MPA ’73
George Hertz is the retired executive vice president for the Massachusetts Port Authority. He began and ended his long and successful career in the public sector, starting off in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services and Department of Mental Health. From 1979 to 1982 he was budget director for the Commonwealth. From there he went on to a variety of positions in the private sector. He was managing director and senior vice president with Fidelity Capital of Boston; president of Advanced Mobilecomm; senior project manager of Fidelity Investments; president of Phase One Development Corporation; vice president and project manager with Zip Call. He also served as vice president of operations for a period of time in between two stints as executive vice president at MassPort.
To express his commitment to public service and to honor the memory of his father, a well-known community leader in Holyoke, Hertz created the Phillip Hertz Memorial Scholarship at UMass Amherst. This award is given to a graduate student who is committed to a career in public service.
Hertz earned his BA in government (now political science) from UMass Amherst in 1969 and his Master of Public Administration in 1973. George lives in Westwood, MA, with his wife, Camilla, and their son, Jacob.