Submitted by the Middlesex 3 Coalition
Bedford’s new Town Manager Matthew Hanson has been named to the Board of Directors of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. Hanson joins two other new appointees: Gil Stevens, Executive Director for Global Engineering & Capital Projects at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., and Colin Loiselle, newly appointed Town Manager for the Town of Tyngsborough.
Hanson previously served as the Town Manager for the Town of Tyngsborough, as well as two terms, six years as a Chelmsford selectman. He was originally Tyngsborough’s Assistant Town Administrator beginning in 2015 and later promoted. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with his master’s degree in regional economic and social development.
Earlier in his career, he worked as a program manager for the Lowell Police Department and a management intern in the Lowell City Manager’s office.
As Executive Director, Gil Stevens played a central role in the development and opening of Ultragenyx’s new, 110,000-square-foot state-of-the-art gene therapy manufacturing facility in Bedford, Massachusetts in June 2023. Ultragenyx currently employs more than 350 people in Massachusetts across its sites in Bedford, Woburn, and Somerville – more than a quarter of its global workforce. It has hired more than 120 employees to staff the Bedford facility from a range of skill levels and backgrounds. Previously, Stevens was the Senior Director for Engineering at Pfizer, based in Andover, for nearly three decades.
He holds a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Colin Loiselle has served the Town of Tyngsborough for nearly six years in various capacities including as collector’s clerk, executive assistant, director of administrative services, and finally as assistant town manager. He has prior municipal experience working for the City of Boston and most recently as assistant town administrator for the Town of Milton. Loiselle holds a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Science in political science, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Suffolk University. In addition, he holds a certificate in Strategic Performance Management and in Municipal Financial Management from Suffolk.
“We are thrilled to add Gil, Matt, and Colin to our Board of Directors to help bolster the economic vitality and competitive advantages of this growing region,” said Stephanie Cronin, Executive Director of Middlesex 3 Coalition. “Their combined knowledge, expertise, and professional roles are foundational to the work we are doing to provide important resources to new and existing businesses to help them thrive.”
The three new members will join M3’s other 18 Board members, led by Board President, Paul Cohen, Town Manager for the Town of Chelmsford.
The Middlesex 3 (M3) Coalition, a member-based, regional economic development organization (REDO) representing communities located along the U.S. Route 3 and Middlesex County in Massachusetts, announced the addition of three new members from involved companies and municipalities to its Board of Directors as the organization continues to advance the economic vitality of the corridor.