Mr. Cote was born in Casper, Wyoming; received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Brandeis University in 1973, and an MBA in Health Care Management and Finance from Boston University in 1986. Over his 42 years in the health and human services field his career has followed two distinct, yet often converging paths.

As an Independent Consultant from April 2007 to January 2015; and December 1993 through June 2004 Specializing in:

  • State Level System Planning for State Human Services Departments in Iowa, Nebraska, Massachusetts and Illinois; and
  • Providing Transitional Leadership in High Profile, Large Provider Turnaround Situations

As a Governor appointed Major Policy Maker in Massachusetts, he served:

  • From July 2004 through April 2007 as:  Assistant Secretary for the Office of Health Services, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, and Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy; and
  • From June 1991 through December 1993 as: Health and Human Services Undersecretary / Chief of Staff, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Social Services, and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health

From 1977 through 1991 Mr. Cote held positions of increasing responsibility at various human services agencies ranging from Direct Care Professional, and Director of Residential Services, to positions of Administrative Director, CFO and CEO.