Sociedad Latina director picked for School Committee

January 15, 2016
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Alexandra Oliver-Davila speaks during her swearing-in ceremony for the Boston School Committee at Bolling Building in Roxbury.  Mayor’s Office Photo by Don Harney

Alexandra Oliver-Davila speaks during her swearing-in ceremony for the Boston School Committee at Bolling Building in Roxbury.
Mayor’s Office Photo by Don Harney

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina and longtime advocate for Latino youth, was recently appointed to the Boston School Committee, according to a press release.

The Boston School Committee is a seven-member governing body of the Boston Public Schools. It establishes and monitors the annual operating budget and is responsible for hiring, managing, and evaluating the superintendent, among other duties.

The members of the School Committee are Boston residents appointed by the mayor to serve four-year terms. Oliver-Davila replaces Meg Campbell, who did not reapply for a Committee seat after serving one, four-year term.

“Oliver-Davila’s longtime advocacy for youth is well known and will inform her work on the Committee,” said Michael O’Neill, chair of the Boston School Committee, according to the press release. “She has worked closely with many members of the Committee, myself included, whether through her co-founding role of the Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN), her involvement in helping to publicly interview the superintendent finalists, her role on Dr. Chang’s transition team or her current involvement in the School Committee’s Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force. I have no doubt these will all allow her to quickly hit the ground running as an active and involved School Committee member.”

Oliver-Davila’s experience includes creating partnerships between Sociedad Latina and the Colleges of the Fenway, Museum of Fine Arts, and Longwood Medical Area hospitals. She also has held leadership positions at the Greater Boston Latino Network, Boston Youth Service Providers Network and Mission Hill Youth Collaborative. She is involved in the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, and the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council.

Oliver-Davila is a Roslindale resident and a graduate of Emmanuel College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science, and Tufts University, where she earned a Master of Public Policy.

 

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