Jerome Smith named director of Boston’s Office of Neighborhood Services
5/8/2014, 12:25 p.m.
Jerome Smith will join the City of Boston as the director of the Office of Neighborhood Services. In this role, Smith will oversee the neighborhood coordinators, helping to facilitate the delivery of services in collaboration with city departments to benefit Boston residents.
“Jerome is a skilled professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with neighborhood issues, large and small,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “With his diverse background, I know he will work tirelessly to better the living experience in our Boston communities. I’m extremely pleased that he is joining our team.”
In addition to oversight of the Office of Neighborhood Services, Smith will serve as Mayor Walsh’s advisor on various efforts to preserve and enhance the quality of neighborhoods, develop and administer neighborhood partnership activities, and resolve problems related to code enforcement.
In 2002, Smith joined the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino as a liaison to the LBGT Community and representative of LBGT interests. Later, Smith served as the chief of staff for City Councilor Michael P. Ross, overseeing day-to-day operations, conducting research on various policy initiatives, and negotiating district priorities. Smith currently serves as chief of staff to Senate President Therese Murray, responsible for all aspects of management within the Massachusetts Senate.
Smith is a 1999 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He currently resides in Dorchester.