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I have 15 years of experience in technology, media, and government, working and consulting for the City of Newburyport, Town of Hamilton, Action for Boston Community Development, Social Media Today, and the MA Executive Office of Economic Development, among other entities.

When the national recession arrived during a bout of unemployment, I launched a digital marketing consultancy and made a name for myself as a thought leader and management consultant. Over five years, I helped small business owners and government managers understand how to navigate social media and achieve positive ROI with the real-time web.

I have a strong background in community relations, coalition building, policy analysis, public speaking, and integrated marketing communications with a decade of public sector work holding senior management and elected roles in state and local government. Professional interests include civic technology and open government.

I'm a past president of the Boston chapter of Social Media Club, an ex-board director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and a former gubernatorial appointee to the Local Government Advisory Commission. In 2014, I founded networking groups for media professionals and broadband leaders.

I earned a Master in Public Administration from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. I also hold a B.S. in Sociology from Worcester State College. I live in Newburyport and am serving a third term as an elected city councilman.

✔ Master in Public Administration

✔ 9+ years managing state/local government programs for two governors and one mayor

✔ 5 years as an elected city councilor, and former candidate for State Rep

✔ Taught social media marketing courses to 50 MBA students and 100+ working adults

✔ Skilled in writing and editing, public speaking, digital marketing, community organizing, public affairs, and marketing communications

✔ Proven ability to explain complex concepts and gain consensus

✔ Self-motivated with zeal for researching, analyzing, and innovating policies and strategies to foster citizen engagement and enhance the use of internet tools to narrow the digital gap

✔ Blogged about digital media and marketing for 7+ years to a readership of 6,500 unique monthly visitors

2013 - present

New England College

Adjunct MBA Professor (part-time)

I teach a 7-week online course, “Digital Marketing and Brand Development.” After two sessions in 2013, I was asked to teach it again the spring of 2015.

2010 - present

Newburyport City Council

Elected City Councilman (assorted evenings)

Serving my third term, I’m chairman of the public utilities committee and sit on the neighborhoods and city services committee. I’m a liaison to the cable advisory commission.

2014 - 2015

Town of Hamilton

Information and Communication Specialist

I managed the town’s first footprints on Facebook and Twitter, assisting in sharing information to residents, elected officials, and the region.

2009 - 2014

Digital AH

Principal

I analyzed social media profiles for brands, auditing their digital footprints to determine alignment to missions, identifying opportunities for bolstering online community engagement, and managing online communities. Clients included UNO Pizzeria (restaurant); Osmium (clothing company); Flextronics (contract manufacturer); Social Media Today (internet news site); and Action for Boston Community Development, Long Way Home, and Doors to History (nonprofits).

I also taught digital marketing to 100+ students in Massachusetts as a MBA professor and adult education instructor, and to hundreds more as a corporate trainer and conference panelist.

Founder
North Shore Media Makers [link]

Co-Founder
North Shore Broadband Forum [link]

2014 Board Director
Massachusetts Municipal Association

2014 Second Vice President
Massachusetts Municipal Councilors Association

Master in Public Administration

Suffolk University, 2007

B.S. in Sociology

Worcester State College, 1999