My path eventually led me back to school, this time to Northeastern University to become a lawyer specializing in labor and employment law, as well as arbitration and mediation. I loved being able to combine everything I learned as a social worker with these new skills. I’ve always believed that you can accomplish big things when you welcome everyone to the same table.
I stayed true to that value after I moved to Ashland and got involved in fighting for more equity, adequacy, predictability and simplicity in way the public K-12 schools are funded in Massachusetts—my first foray into statewide advocacy. This led me to run for office, first as a member of the House of Representatives and then as a state Senator. As Senate President in 2019, I was proud to help pass the bill that would finally reform how our public schools are funded so that every district has the resources it needs, regardless of zip code.
I may have started my career as a social worker to help people, but I’m happy to say that I still help people today as Senate President, mostly by bringing people together to tackle big problems. It’s what motivates me every day. Representing the people of the Commonwealth is one of the greatest privileges and responsibilities I can think of, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to do it every day.