By John Lynds
East Boston resident Claudia Correa, who has served as Mayor Martin Walsh’s liaison to the neighborhood for over two years, announced that she has left her post to take a job with the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD).
Correa, who was first hired as the Mayor’s liaison to Eastie in February of 2015 following the departure of Corrine Petraglia, has already transitioned to her new role at ISD.
“As liaison I learned many things that are important for the residents of East Boston,” said Correa. “Over the past two years I saw how much this community means to the people who live here and they truly care and love their neighborhood. I also learned we should not take this neighborhood for granted because it is a beautiful neighborhood but it needs all of us working together to ensure its success.”
Over the past two years Correa was a familiar face at Eastie numerous community meetings, special events and worked tirelessly to encourage, facilitate and maximize Eastie’s input and participation in all aspects of city government. Dealing with service requests, mailings, and emergency responses Correa was on call 24-hours a day as part of the city’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS).
“I think Claudia (Correa) did a wonderful job as the Mayor’s liaison and she will be missed in that role,” said City Councilor Sal LaMattina. “Her efforts on behalf of the people of East Boston in addressing quality of life issues was unsurpassed. She worked very closely with my staff and I to ensure all residents had a voice at City Hall and I wish her luck in her new role with ISD.”
As Eastie’s liaison, Correa facilitated the delivery of services in collaboration with city departments and served as a primary contact for constituents to communicate with the Mayor’s Office.
“She served as the bridge between community members and the mayor,” added LaMattina.
Correa previously worked for the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs as the Outreach Director where she led the outreach to voters, organizations, community groups and businesses across the state. Prior to that, she served on Latino Outreach for Friends of Suffolk Downs. She also worked on Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign in Eastie where she started out as a volunteer, and finished the campaign doing community outreach and civic engagement.
Originally from Colombia, Correa moved to Eastie in 1997. She graduated from East Boston High School, then joined Year Up where she worked with young adults in the city as a mentor and went on to graduate from UMass Boston with a degree in Political Science.
Correa’s replacement has not yet been announced by the Mayor’s Office and the city is in the process of interviewing candidates for the position. In the interim, ONS’s Deputy Director Tomas Gonzalez will be dealing with Eastie issues.