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Monday, May 16, 2022 – Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the appointments of Anna White as the South Boston liaison and Gladys Oliveros as the liaison to the Latinx community in the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS). They will serve as the primary contact for residents and businesses in their respective communities who are interested in engaging with the City of Boston and collaborating with City departments to facilitate the delivery of services and resources.
“As we work to create broad, positive change Boston, our neighborhood liaisons are essential in maximizing the impact of City services in our everyday lives,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Anna and Gladys have already proven their commitment to the residents of Boston and I’m certain they will bring the same passion and expertise to their new roles.”
White and Oliveros will work to connect the Mayor’s Office with residents and maximize community input by responding to service requests, attending neighborhood meetings, and helping facilitate community events. The new liaisons will build on the Mayor’s commitment to get City Hall out of City Hall and into individual neighborhoods, while working under the leadership of the Chief of Community Engagement Brianna Millor and the Director of Neighborhood Services Enrique Pepen.
“I am thrilled to have both Anna and Gladys on the team,” said Director of Neighborhood Services Enrique Pepen. “Both of them bring so much energy and enthusiasm to help the residents of Boston and to bring City Hall resources into our communities. Boston’s families are lucky to have them.”
Anna White moved to Boston from Albany, New York and has been a resident of the City for more than 20 years. She has a deep passion for civic engagement and brings to the role a wealth of public service and community engagement experience. White served as a two-term President of the South Boston MOMS Club and Co-President of the South Boston Association of Non-Profits for six years. She was also a board member for Medicine Wheel Productions (now known as Spoke) and a multi-term elected member to the CityWide Parent Council of the Henderson School.
“I am super excited to represent Mayor Wu and in connecting the residents of South Boston to City Hall,” said Anna White. “I look forward to engaging with the community and making sure that their voices are heard.”
White currently lives in South Boston with her husband and three children. She volunteers at St. Monica’s Kitchen, and is an active member of the CitySide Neighborhood Organization and the Office of Recovery Services Youth Prevention Advisory Board. She enjoys reading books from the South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, eating the food her spouse makes, watching old seasons of Clone Wars and Top Chef with her kids, and exploring all of South Boston.
Gladys Oliveros is a native of Barranquilla, Colombia and moved to East Boston more than three decades ago. She previously served as the East Boston Main Street (EBMS) Director where she worked to connect local businesses and community members to resources that contributed to their growth and success. Oliveros also worked as a program supervisor at Boston Center for Youth and Families’ Paris Street and founded Casa de la Cultura, a community center dedicated to the Latinx population of East Boston.
“I am so happy to be the bridge between the Latinx community and the City of Boston,” said Gladys Oliveros. “I look forward to serving my community and providing them with the services and resources they need.”
In her spare time, Oliveros enjoys art, music, and spending time in the community.
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
Why is it for one race ? Latinx really it’s not for non Hispanic people I’m confused why can’t white and black people have help
You’d have to be soft to accept a appointed job by WU she’s going to be gone in 2.5 years and so will the people she appoints. She doesn’t stand a chance at reelection !
Disgraceful never in 45 yes has those buses change route all for her and her people meaning not Irish or Italian neighborhood she for other races
Thank you Haley Dillon for all you did–you set the bar pretty high!