Ansin previously operated the shoe-manufacturing companies Anwalt Corp. of Fitchburg and L.B. Evans' Son Co.
He also served as the Massachusetts state commissioner of Commerce and Development, sat on the State Job Training Coordinating Council and served as the footwear-industry adviser to the White House.
Ansin has four children and 10 grandchildren.
He served or currently serves on a number of advisory boards, including Honorary YouthConnect Advisory Board chair; American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.more » « less