JP man is mayor’s new Latino liaison

(Photo by Luzportfolio Boston) Miguel Chávez.

JP resident Miguel Chavez has been named as the new Latino liaison in the City’s Office of Neighborhood Services by Mayor Thomas Menino.

“The Latino community has spread our wings” in recent years and has even more to do, Chavez told the Gazette. He will serve as a connection between Latinos and the mayor.

“I want to welcome Miguel to my Office of Neighborhood Services and am looking forward to his working with community members to improve their quality of life,” Menino said in a press statement. “I trust that Miguel’s knowledge of the city will greatly benefit the Latino community, and he will be an excellent addition to my administration.”

Chavez, an Egleston Square resident, most recently served as the director of external communications for City Councilor Tito Jackson.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity,” Chavez said in a press statement. “I look forward to serving the rising Latino community and feel honored to be part of a city that so arduously celebrates cultural diversity and recognizes immigrant contributions. I’m excited to be a part of the mayor’s team to help serve that community.”

He told the Gazette that his first order of business is encouraging the Latino community to participate in the Boston Shines citywide cleanup on April 28.

Chavez previously served as a field community organizer for Gov. Deval Patrick’s reelection campaign in Roxbury and is a board member of the Latino political advocacy organization Oiste?

He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a dual degree in economics and political science. He was a Cesar Chavez Honors Scholar and graduated with honors. He was a 1996 Better Chance Scholar at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass.

Chavez can be contacted at 617-635-2185 or [email protected]

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