THE BOSTON GLOBE
Ruth Ellen Fitch.
Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, days before chairing her first state pension board meeting, appointed Ruth Ellen Fitch, a lawyer and the retired chief executive of the Dimock Center in Roxbury, to the nine-member panel that oversees the $60 billion fund.
Fitch, who is slated to be sworn in Friday afternoon according to Goldberg’s office, will replace Alex Aikens, a longtime director of the pension fund for Massachusetts public workers. Aikens, who has served since 2001, is one of the few board members with investment experience.
Goldberg was sworn in Jan. 21 and has been attending committee meetings of the pension board. Appointing Fitch was her first official act in a changing of the guard that always injects some political uncertainty into the board that oversees the state pension fund.
The treasurer chairs the pension board and also gets one appointee. The governor has three appointees to the board; the other four members are elected.
Michael Trotsky, the executive director of the pension fund since 2010, in a statement thanked Aikens for his service under the past three treasurers.
“He was not only a great and trusted friend to me, but a source of wise counsel on both investment decisions and the management of this agency,” Trotsky said. “The guidance he brought to PRIM was also an invaluable resource to his fellow board members and the entire PRIM staff, and was instrumental in bringing about the strong results PRIM has delivered to pensioners, taxpayers, and all PRIM constituents.”
Fitch is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was the first black woman partner of the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge. She served as bond counsel to the city of Boston and other cities and towns. She was chief executive of the Dimock Center, a health clinic and social service center in Roxbury, for nine years, retiring in 2013.
Earlier in her career, Fitch was director of the METCO integration program in the Brookline Public Schools. Goldberg is the former chair of the board of selectmen in Brookline.
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