Virginia Buckingham

Writer, Mom, Executive, Seeker of Wisdom and the Well-Chosen Word

My story

Virginia Buckingham was born in Connecticut and has lived in Massachusetts for nearly forty years. She was the first woman to serve as chief of staff to two consecutive Massachusetts governors.

She has also worked as a deputy editorial page editor and columnist for the Boston Herald.  Buckingham was subsequently the first woman appointed to head that state’s Port Authority, owner and operator of Logan International Airport.

In 2015 she was selected for the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a joint initiative of the presidential libraries of Presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and Lyndon Johnson. Buckingham works at Pfizer, Inc. in New York City and is married to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice David Lowy. The couple has two children, Jack, 20, and Maddy, 17 and the world's cutest cockapoo, April

15 Years Later, 9/11 Haunts Former Massport CEO

"Virginia Buckingham gets emotional when she talks about what happened on September 11, 2001. You can hear it in her voice."

"A Visit with Virginia Buckingham" - Impact, Public Affairs Council

Before joining Pfizer, Ginny had a number of impressive positions — an editorial writer at the Boston Herald, chief of staff to two Republican governors of Massachusetts, and then CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), which operates Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Inspirational Quotes for Women - Parade Magazine

"When you feel broken by life’s painful moments, realize you are as resilient as sea glass, a bottle broken by the movement of the waves, but still beautiful." - Virginia Buckingham

Harvard Business Review

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