By John Lynds
Former mayoral liaison and current general counsel for the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Ernani DeAraujo, was appointed to the Boston Latin School Association (BLSA) Board of Trustees.
“I’m very proud to serve the Latin School in this new capacity,” said DeAraujo. “Latin’s rigorous curriculum and dedicated faculty gave me the foundation for my career in law and public service. I will work to preserve the school’s success and high standards for my kids and all Boston residents.”
DeAraujo, a 1999 BLS graduate who went on to graduate Harvard University in 2003 and received a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2008 has been an active alumni of BLS and served as vice chairman of the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship Program at the school.
DeAraujo was recently honored as a Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, the first attorney to earn this distinction. He served as a community liaison to East Boston in the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration until 2012 before becoming a member of the EBNHC team. His background also includes serving as a White House intern for President William J. Clinton and President George H. W. Bush.
“I’m thrilled that Ernani has joined the Board of Trustees, building on his commitment to BLS through programs like the Ward Fellowship,” said fellow BLS Alum Rep. Adrian Madaro, Class of 2007. “In his years of dedicated service, Ernani has made a tremendous impact to both Boston Latin and his hometown of East Boston and will continue to serve us well in this new role.”
Founded in 1635, Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in America. From its earliest days to the present, Latin School has educated some of the United States’ most prominent and influential leaders.
The BLSA was formed in 1844 to raise funds for the school library and continues more than 170 years later as the connection between the alumni and the school, while also supporting the students and faculty of today through its fund-raising efforts.
Today the BLSA provides support in the areas of academic enrichment, arts, athletics, global studies, technology enhancement, faculty development, student services and more.