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City Councilor Matt O’Malley names new staff liaisons for Jamaica Plain and Latino communities

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 25, 2013 03:32 PM

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Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley has added two new staff members.

Beatriz Rivera will be his Jamaica Plain liaison and Alexandra Valdez will be his Latino liaison, according to a press release from the councilor’s office.

“I am thrilled to have Beatriz and Alexandra on my staff,” O’Malley said in a statement.

“They are both smart and energetic and have strong connections to Jamaica Plain,” he added. “Beatriz grew up in Jamaica Plain and brings her experience working with some of the neighborhood’s most respected organizations. Alexandra will be a great resource for Jamaica Plain’s vibrant and active Latino community.”

O’Malley said both women are fluent in Spanish.

“I want to make sure that all residents of my district have access to my office and a voice at City Hall,” he said.

Rivera will serve as the liaison between O’Malley and JP, officials said.

She will handle constituent services for the neighborhood. She will monitor development, zoning and licensing issues affecting Jamaica Plain and will work closely with its community groups, nonprofit, city departments and elected officials. She will also represent the councilor at community meetings and public hearings and will accompany O’Malley to his neighborhood district office visits.

A lifelong JP resident, Rivera most recently worked as a community health educator at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center and was a program director at Spontaneous Celebrations. A graduate of Pine Manor College, she was also a program director at the City School Summer Leadership Program and has received several awards for community leadership.

“I feel honored and excited about being the Jamaica Plain Liaison for Councilor O’Malley,” said a statement from Rivera. “As a resident born, raised and currently living in the Jamaica Plain community I am committed to working hard alongside our team for the better of our community.”

Valdez will represent O’Malley at meetings of Latino organizations and events around the district.

A resident of Mattapan, Valdez has worked closely with Fundo Arcu, an organization that provides community services and plans cultural events for Boston’s Dominican community, including the annual Dominican Parade. She will receive her associate’s degree this spring and plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at Suffolk University beginning in the fall.

“It’s a pleasure to be working alongside a team of people who strive to make our community better,” said a statement from Valdez. “I feel honored and excited to be representing the Latino community and Councilor O’Malley to the fullest.”

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