DAVID AT MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION IN 2015 ADDRESSES HIS COHORT FOR A FINAL TIME AS CLASS PRESIDENT
David was raised in a working-class family in North Medford with his Mom, Dad, and three older siblings. David is a product of the Medford Public School system, attending the Gleason School, Brooks Elementary, the Andrews Middle School, and Medford High School. By the time he graduated, he knew he wanted to dedicate his life to bettering the city of Medford.
In High School, David served as president for three years for the Class of 2015, where he prioritized making student activities affordable for everyone. He knew that regardless of a family’s income level, all students deserved to partake in every activity possible.
DAVID INTERNED FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAN GARBALLEY AT AGE 18
At 18 years old, David interned for State Representative Sean Garballey, and learned the intricacies of navigating state government. This internship opened his eyes as to how decisions made at the
state-level affect the day-to-day lives of working families like the one that he grew up in.
DAVID MET WITH SECRETARY CLINTON AND THEN-GOVERNOR MAGGIE HASSAN (NH) WHERE HE RAISED THE CONCERNS OF WORKING FAMILIES IN MEDFORD
VOICING OUR ISSUES
During his undergraduate career, David spent his first semester at the University of New Hampshire and worked on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign in New Hampshire, an experience that showed him the importance of talking to our neighbors and community to understand the issues they face day to day. When David met with Secretary Clinton, he proudly wore his “MEDFORD ROWING”
t-shirt and talked with her about the challenges working families face.
IN 2017, DAVID BECAME MAYOR STEPHANIE MUCCINI BURKE'S CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR WHERE HE LEARNED FIRST HAND THE CONCERNS OF MEDFORD RESIDENTS
MOVING MEDFORD FORWARD
David quickly learned about the financial strain brought on by student loans and transferred to UMass Lowell, where he could better afford in-state tuition. To this day, David maintains that it was “the best decision he ever made.” During his undergraduate career, David was asked to be Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke’s re-election campaign coordinator at 19 years old. This experience directly exposed him to Medford politics and helped him develop a keen understanding of the challenges and issues that Medford faces today – and more importantly, what solutions look like for working families.
DAVID, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF UMASS LOWELL
COLLEGE DEMOCRATS WITH SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN
COLLEGE AND EDUCATION
During his time at UMass Lowell, David founded the College Democrats, a club focused on electing progressive Democrats in the Merrimack Valley and across Massachusetts. The organization played a key role in the 2018 primary election of Lori Trahan, who would go on to win the Third Congressional District.
After graduating from UMass Lowell in 2018, David made his way to Washington D.C. to earn a Masters in Public Administration from American University. During his time spent in our nation’s Capital, David focused specifically on state and local management in the public sector, and was exposed to the different challenges municipalities face across the country.
DAVID WITH CONGRESSWOMAN LORI TRAHAN AND COLLEAGUES, DAVID SPENT 2.5 YEARS WORKING AS PRESS SECRETARY TO CONGRESSWOMAN TRAHAN
While living in Washington, D.C., David continued to serve the people of Massachusetts while working towards his Master’s Degree. David worked full-time in the office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-3) where, for the past two years, he served as her Press Secretary and Digital Director. During his time in the federal government, David was crucial in communicating important resources and critical programs to the people of Massachusetts, helping hard working families and small businesses stay afloat throughout the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.
DAVID DISCUSSES CONCERNS WITH A RESIDENT IN 2021
HIS VISION FOR MEDFORD
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation, David sought solace where he had always found it before – his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. He regularly tuned into the weekly City Council meetings, and while he understood the challenges our city faces today, he was disheartened by what he saw. He realized that cities surrounding Medford – such as Malden, Melrose, Somerville, and Arlington – are advancing rapidly, embracing their environments while moving their municipalities forward. Medford, on the other hand, is falling behind when it comes to serving our own community.