Since 2001, she has worked for the Republican National Committee, the White House during the first term of President George W. Bush, and the Department of Education. She also worked on the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign and as a senior adviser for Marco Rubio’s bid for Senate in 2010.
Luis Fortuno, former governor of Puerto Rico, said in an interview that the Baker administration and citizens of Massachusetts will be well served by having Ahern on the job. Fortuno hired Ahern as his director of government affairs when he was elected Puerto Rico’s 10th governor. He got to admire Ahern’s work ethic while serving as Puerto Rico’s congressman between 2005 and 2008.
“I knew I wanted her on my team,” he said. “She was thorough in everything she did. She was hard working and very results oriented.”