Eileen Duff, daughter of Mary Galluzzi Duff and the late Paul Duff, is a native of Peabody, MA where she was raised in a politically aware and active family. Duff interned twice in the Massachusetts State House, and later on Capitol Hill for Congressman Nicholas Mavroules while she was a student in Washington DC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management and a Doctoral Degree in Ministry.
Eileen later received a Presidential appointment from President Clinton to work as Confidential Assistant to Commissioner Rachelle Chong at the FCC in Washington, where she won many awards for public service. She chose to return to Massachusetts to be closer to her family and currently resides on Cape Ann. Eileen previously worked for the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston as a Chaplain.
Since assuming the office of Governor's Councillor in 2013, Eileen has used her background in consensus building and public policy to ensure that there is a level playing field for all judicial applicants and to ensure fair trials for ordinary citizens. “I think we have seen the days of pay to play come to an end. I want to make sure everyone gets a fair deal -- the right to a fair trial is inherent in our democracy," Eileen says. "Let’s keep the 6th and 7th amendments vibrant and make sure we use common sense in vetting our judges. Judicial appointments should be neither a rubber stamp by the Governor’s Council, nor should the individuals be unfairly scrutinized. I’d like to help insure a balance.”
Eileen is not a lawyer and has always been completely impartial in her position as Governor's Councillor. “My background in public policy has provided me with a comprehensive view of not only how the system works, but how it should work," she says. "I have nothing personal to gain by backing any particular appointment. I’d like to put my expertise to work for working citizens. Justices should be for all, not just for those who have something privately to gain.”