Meet the Staff

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Patrick Johnson, Chief of Staff - Pat has extensive experience in organizing, policy, and Cape politics. Prior to joining Senator Cyr’s staff in January 2017, Pat worked for New Politics, advising Veterans and AmeriCorps alums on how to run for office. In the 2016 cycle, he served as a consultant on several successful Massachusetts races. He also worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cyr. Previously he served as an aide to Governor Deval Patrick and Newton Mayor Setti Warren. He is a former Chair of Governor Patrick’s Statewide Youth Council, as well as an Eagle Scout and an Americorps alum. A Brewster native, Pat cut his teeth in politics at Nauset Regional High School, where he was inspired by the 2006 campaign of Deval Patrick. He holds a degree from Suffolk University.

Pat (pronouns he/him/his) can be reached at 617-722-1570 or Patrick.Johnson@masenate.gov

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Elizabeth Ganz, Legislative Director and General Counsel - Liz has spent her legal career advocating to improve health care for Massachusetts residents. Most recently, she worked as a staff attorney at Health Law Advocates providing free legal representation to low-income clients experiencing challenges accessing health care services. Joining Senator Cyr’s office marks a return to the State House for Liz who worked as a Research Analyst for the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care just after graduating from law school. She has also worked at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and as a certified SHINE counselor helping clients understand their health insurance options under Medicare and Medicaid. Liz holds a J.D. with a Health Law Concentration from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in International Studies from Dickinson College.

Liz (pronouns she/her/hers) can be reached at 617-722-1570 or Elizabeth.Ganz@masenate.gov 

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Jeffrey Soares, District Director - Jeff is an Osterville native and current resident. He graduated from Sturgis Charter School and then went on to attend the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, where he completed both his undergraduate and his Masters’ Degree in Economics. After graduating, he relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where he worked with various governmental and non-profit organizations as an economic researcher and policy analyst in renewable energy and the environmental sector.

Jeff (pronouns he/him/his) can be reached at 508-237-7001 or Jeffrey.Soares@masenate.gov 

Katharine Thibodeau, Legislative Aide - Katharine began her career in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, where she worked to coordinate logistics for a statewide domestic violence prevention education initiative and assisted constituents who sought help with a variety of issues. She then went on to serve as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Seth Moulton and most recently worked to reelect the nation’s first openly LGBTQ+ Attorney General, Maura Healey. Katharine holds a degree from Northeastern University and her family have been Cape Cod residents since 2013. 

Katharine (pronouns she/her/hers) can be reached at 617-722-1570 or Katharine.Thibodeau@masenate.gov 

Frank Schulze, Communications Director - Frank began his career working in Senator Elizabeth Warren's organization, where he started as a constituent services intern and rose to eventually serve her 2020 presidential primary campaign as a member of her political team and a correspondent to the general public. As the organizer for the Cape Cod affiliate of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, he worked closely with Senator Cyr's 2018 reelection campaign to elect Democrats to local offices in Barnstable county. He holds bachelor's degrees in finance, economics, and history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Frank grew up in Plymouth.  

Frank (pronouns he/him/his) can be reached at 617-722-1570 or Frank.Schulze@masenate.gov 

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