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The oldest of four children, John grew up in a tight-knit Boston family where serving others was an important family value. His mother, Patricia, worked as a nurse, while his father, Kevin, served for over 28 years as a State Representative. From an early age, John learned from his parents' example the importance of hard work, humility, and community involvement.
John attended Boston Public Schools, where his mother said he was a mediator even as a child, always trying to find common ground and encouraging everyone to work together. His desire to help others inspired him, while attending Boston Latin, to join the Mayor's Youth Council, a group responsible for representing their peers, community members, and youth across the city. Following high school, John attended Northeastern, receiving his Bachelor's in Communication and Master's in Business Administration. After college, John worked at the Reggie Lewis Center before eventually getting a job with the City of Boston, where he has worked for the past 17 years.
While working at City Hall, John has held several important positions. He served as Deputy Director of Imagine Boston 2030, where he helped to oversee and implement the first citywide plan in 50 years. As Director of Finance for the Office of Economic Development, John worked to increase investments into our communities, securing tens of thousands of dollars for locally owned small businesses without access to capital. Finally, in his current role as Deputy Director Of Real Estate Operations, John oversees the property management of over four million square feet of land owned by the BPDA.
In addition to his years of public service working at City Hall, John has always remained committed to supporting his community and other worthy causes. He has served as President of the Tobin Community Center for the last 20 years and, since 2008, has been the lead organizer for Team Fitz, an organization established following his father’s death from cancer, where riders raise money competing in the annual Pan Mass Challenge. Since its inception, Team Fitz has raised over one million dollars for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Today, John and his wife Meghan, a public school teacher, live in Dorchester with their three beautiful children, Callan, Mac, and Theresa. Their two oldest attend Boston Public Schools and John coaches Callan's t-ball, flag football, and street hockey teams.