Philip L. Shea is a proud Lowell native with a lifetime of accomplishments.  Shea grew up in Lowell’s public housing in the Acre’s North Common Village.  Shea possesses a BA in Accounting from Bentley Collage.  He served in the the Lowell City Council, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the State Senate.  Shea finished his career as Chief Financial Officer under Secretary William Galvin.  Throughout his career, Shea was instrumental in developing federal, state, and local partnerships to revitalize Lowell, and is widely recognized for his leadership and mentoring of young public servants to ensure they reach their full potential.

Name: Philip L. Shea

Designation: Chairperson

Joanie Bernes is the Lowell Housing Authority’s Tenant Representative on the Board of Commissioners.  Joanie has held various positions throughout her professional career including hospitality, and customer service, and was part owner of a small business.  Joanie is an active participant of the City View Towers Tenant Council, and a volunteer with Community Teamwork Inc.

Name: Joanie Bernes

Division: Board of Commissioners

Designation: Commissioner

Mr. Marr is a lifelong resident of the City of Lowell, and current resident of the Centralville section of the city.  He comes to the Authority with 15 years of experience in masonry construction and has performed work at several high-profile sites across the city.  Mr. Marr currently serves as an Executive Officer for the Massachusetts Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman, and as delegate for the Central Labor Council. Since 2004, Mr. Marr has also been a member of the Greater Lowell Technical High School Advisory Board Committee.  His term with Lowell Housing Authority expires in 2021.



Matt Marr

Name: Matt Marr

Division: Board of Commissioners

Designation: Commissioner

Governor Charles Baker appointed Mr. Robert McMahon to serve on the Board of Commissioners.  Mr. McMahon had previously served as the Labor Representative on the Board from 2011-2006. He now serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Board.



Robert McMahon

Name: Robert McMahon

Division: Board of Commissioners

Designation: Vice Chairperson

Commissioner Vanna Howard is currently employed as the Communications Director and Chief of External Affairs and Government Relations for the Lowell Community Health Center. She currently serves as a Commissioner of the Asian American Commission, and serves or has held membership in a number of Lowell community organizations. Howard possesses experience in nonprofit community outreach, public relations, event planning, and fundraising.

Name: Vanna Howard

Division: Board of Commissioners

Designation: Commissioner