Biography

I ran for State Representative in 2020 to fight for the things that helped my family build their life in Revere, Massachusetts: unions that protect working people, public schools that support all students, and an affordable community with safe and reliable access to jobs and transportation. 

I am a proud Revere native, and a graduate of Revere High School’s class of 2006. 

My family is originally from Revere’s Beachmont neighborhood. My father, James, is a union operating engineer in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4. My mother Susan is a lifelong advocate for Revere’s public schools and now serves on the Revere School Committee. My sister Kristina is a graduate of Revere High School’s class of 2009 and still lives in Revere with her husband, Renato Paolini.

Until age 6, my family lived in a two-family home with my grandparents, Pat and Joyce Attenasio, before moving to Randall Road, where my parents still reside.

After graduating from Revere High School, I attended Boston College and graduated in 2010.

After college, I worked at the Massachusetts State House for Representative Lori Ehrlich. In that role, I helped Rep. Ehrlich craft and pass legislation to hold utility companies accountable for dangerous natural gas leaks, protect working people from being exploited by non-compete agreements, shut down dirty polluting coal plants, and move Massachusetts toward a clean energy future.

Following my time at the State House, I worked for the administration of Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo. At City Hall, I was part of the team that worked on the nuts and bolts of making government work better – increasing access to substance abuse treatment, re-launching the city’s Commission on Disabilities, and expanding public health and recreation programs. 

I was proud to be the office’s voice in the press and on social media – keeping residents informed during emergencies, and fulfilling Mayor Arrigo’s commitment to making government more transparent and accountable.

After leaving the Mayor’s office, I remained involved in the community, taking a role as Chairman of the Revere Scholarship Committee, being elected as a delegate to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention, and as ward chair for the Revere Democratic City Committee.

In my campaign for State Representative in 2020, I was proud to receive the endorsement of a wide range of progressive, labor, and advocacy organizations.

  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • Boston Teachers Union
  • National Association of Social Workers – MA
  • 32BJ SEIU
  • Revere DPW Union Local 880
  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4
  • Tunnel Workers, Local 88
  • Bricklayers, Local 3
  • Iron Workers, Local 7
  • Roofers, Local 33
  • Insulators, Local 6
  • Elevator Constructors, Local 4
  • Sunrise Boston
  • Sierra Club Massachusetts
  • 350 Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Voters for Animals
  • Bay State Stonewall Democrats
  • Progressive Massachusetts
  • New Progressive Leaders
  • Act on Massachusetts
  • The Revere Democratic City Committee
  • Chelsea Ward 4 Democratic Committee
  • Chelsea School Committee member Roberto Jiménez Rivera
  • Chelsea School Committee member Marisol Santiago
  • Chelsea City Councilor Enio Lopez

I was proud of our efforts as a first-time candidate, and remain truly appreciative for all the support from people across the community.

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