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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 8, 2012

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KIM HADDAD
34, SINGLE, SOMERVILLE
GENERAL COUNSEL AND HEALTH POLICY ADVISOR TO SEN. RICHARD MOORE

In case you haven't heard, health-care reform is kind of a big deal. The Senate's top health care lawmaker, Sen. Richard Moore, is lucky to have the multi-talented Kim Haddad on his staff.

Haddad didn't take the typical route to the Hill: she's been a Harvard Business School researcher, a victim-witness advocate, and an enforcement attorney for the EPA — all before training at Quantico to become an FBI Special Agent. And did we mention she has a law degree, a public-health master's degree, and once worked in Mayan villages? In the end, Haddad decided to come back to Boston to, as she puts it, "apply my training to combat at the State House."

The valedictorian of her Worcester high school class, college varsity tennis player, and law-school merit scholar, Haddad hasn't slowed down her extracurriculars. She serves on the steering committee of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and is vice-president of her alumnae class from Wellesley College.

Job title: General counsel/health policy advisor, office of Senator Richard T. Moore

Held since: June 2009

Age: 34

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: Dating

Home: Davis Square, Somerville

Originally from: Worcester

What you do: I develop health care policy and legislation, and provide counsel for Senator Moore, who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

One experience that made you glad to do this work: I am generally glad to do the work I do, but one particular experience stands out. A disabled advocate, who has overcome so much adversity in his own life and goes above and beyond to better the lives of others, wrote me a heartfelt email to thank me for treating him with dignity in the same way that I would treat an able-bodied individual. He explained that, unfortunately, he often is not treated with such respect. He went on to say that it is important that I know that who I am and what I do is appreciated. It brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me of the magnitude of the positive impact we can have on people and the world if we choose the right path.

Other jobs: Prior to joining Senator Moore's office, I was chosen to be an FBI Special Agent and reported to Quantico for training. However, I decided to return to Boston to apply my training to combat at the State House.

Other activities: I am on the Steering Committee of the Health Law Section of the Boston Bar Association, vice-president of my Wellesley College Alumnae class, and a member of the Women's Bar Association. I was a merit scholar in law school, fitness captain of the varsity tennis team, and valedictorian of my high school class — go Worcester!!

Path to Beacon Hill: I was a political science major, economics minor, and pre-medical student at Wellesley College. After college, I conducted research and wrote published case studies at Harvard Business School for a few years, and then served as a victim-witness advocate in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. I earned a law degree and master of public health, after working on health projects in Mayan villages and becoming fluent in Spanish in Central America. After graduate school, I served as an enforcement attorney at the US Environmental Protection Agency and began FBI Special Agent training, before deciding to return to Boston to join the elite ranks on Beacon Hill.

Personal style: I am friendly, compassionate, knowledgeable, professional, and always try to retain a good sense of humor and perspective.

Favorite thing about working in the State House: I really enjoy being at the center of state policy and politics — particularly health care in the trailblazing Commonwealth of Massachusetts — and meeting and knowing the Beacon Hill "family", both those who work here and those who do business here and around the city.

One thing you would change to make State House work more "beautiful": Get Jeevan back.

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