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Councilor Edwards Announces Hire of Jesse Purvis as Director of Policy

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing District One (North End, East Boston, and Charlestown), has announced the hire of Jesse Purvis as the new Director of Policy in her office.

Purvis joins the office after graduating from UMass Law where he served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and founder of the school’s local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Upon graduating, Jesse received the Thurgood Marshall Award for Social Justice for his work on, and off, campus.

“I’m thrilled to have Jesse join the team as our new Director of Policy,” said Councilor Edwards. “His legal aid background and commitment to bettering the community will help me better serve the residents of District One.”

Purvis is an East Boston resident where he lives with his partner, Tanya Hahnel, their young daughter Ida Jean, and senior greyhound, Cary Grant. He previously worked in primary schools as a paraprofessional teacher in math and science, and in out-of-school time as a program director for pre-teen youth services. His interests include environmental justice, table tennis, hiking, technology, and bicycles.

“I’m excited to give back to the community that has given me so much,” said Purvis. “Public service under Lydia Edwards, as her Director of Policy, is a dream job come true.” 

Purvis can be reached by calling Councilor Edwards’ office at 617-635-3200 or by email at jesse.purvis@boston.gov.

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