Longtime Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator Jullieanne Doherty is moving on to another position within City Hall, and is being replaced by Alexandra Valdez, who is a familiar face to many in JP.
"It’s honor to be able to serve such an amazing neighborhood like Jamaica Plain. As the first bilingual coordinator to this role I’m committed to serving the community, but most of all community participation," said Valdez via a press release. "Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood full of culture and amazing small businesses (and) that’s one of the many aspects that makes it unique. I am excited to serve as liaison to the Jamaica Plain community while working with our residents to provide access to programs, initiatives, and facilitate delivery of city services to improve quality of life."
Valdez was named the city's Latino Liaison more than a year ago by Mayor Martin Walsh. Valdez, who was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. at the age of 9, will remain the city's Latino Liaison in addition to her new role.
Many may remember her from her time working in Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley's office. She worked as the Latino Liaison to the community for O'Malley's office while attending Fitchburg State University. After graduating with a degree in communications and political science she moved to Washington D.C. to work for the the Hispanic Congressional Caucus.
She returned to Boston in 2016 and worked as a public information officer for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.
"I look forward to my new role working to encourage, facilitate, and maximize resident input and participation in all aspects of government," said Valdez. "[I] can’t wait to hit the ground running and working more with our JP neighbors!"
Valdez can be reached at 617-635-2185 or Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.