Steve Poftak previously served as the Vice-Chair of the MBTA's Fiscal Management and Control Board since its inception, as well as serving on the MassDOT Board of Directors before serving as Interim General Manager of the MBTA from July 1, 2017, through September 11, 2017. Prior to joining the MBTA, Poftak was Research Director and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. He has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. Prior to that, he worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. Poftak holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. He is a Boston resident and has children who attend the Boston Public Schools.