After three years serving as State Rep. Adrian Madaro’s Legislative Aide and running his successful campaign for state rep in 2015 Liana LaMattina announced she will be leaving Madaro’s office at the end of week to focus on her last year of law school.
LaMattina and Madaro have been close friends since childhood and both attended Boston Latin School together.
In 2015 former Rep. Carlo Basile announced he was leaving office to work in Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration and a special election was scheduled for March of that year.
Only 23 years old at the time, LaMattina was tapped by Madaro to run his campaign for the state rep seat. Just one year removed from her graduation from Boston University where she received a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior, LaMattina became an organizational dynamo for the campaign.
“Both Adrian and I went all in,” she told the East Boston Times in 2015 after Madaro’s win. “And especially with Adrian being a close, personal friend of mine, I really wanted to give it my all.”
LaMattina assumed command of many responsibilities including organizing Madaro’s daily schedule and volunteers, and coordinating efforts with Sage Systems on such important aspects as the graphics for campaign signs, newspaper advertisement, campaign literature, political canvassing, and events.
“My role was more of the analytical and strategical background and making sure that everything that needed to be done was done,” said LaMattina in 2015. Though this was her first foray into the management of campaigns, she was no stranger to Election night successes. Her father, Sal LaMattina, was a popular Boston City Councilor who had represented East Boston from 2006 to 2017.
“This was the biggest decision I can make in my professional career – who was going to be my campaign manager – and I didn’t have Plan B after Liana,” said Madaro of their success in 2015. “If that doesn’t speak volumes about how I feel about her – that I entrusted her with my future like that – and she did not disappoint.”
Madaro would later call LaMattina the best campaign manager anyone could ask for.
After securing the Democratic nomination and winning the general election, Madaro brought LaMattina on as his legislative aide at the State House. During her tenure, LaMattina has served East Boston with tireless dedication by handling constituent issues, community concerns, and legislation for Madaro’s office.
“Adrian and I have known each other for over 20 years, making our work together on behalf of East Boston even more meaningful,” said LaMattina. “I have learned a lot over the past few years, both as campaign manager and legislative aide, and I will take this experience with me as I embark on my legal career”.
After concluding her position with Madaro, LaMattina will be interning for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as a student prosecutor and focusing on her final year at Suffolk University Law School. In addition, she will serve as Chair of the Committee to Elect Adrian Madaro.
“I want to thank Liana for her years of service as my aide, and for helping me achieve this position as my campaign manager.” said Madaro. “We have a great friendship and have made a strong team professionally. I wish Liana the best as she finishes law school and establishes her legal career.”
Madaro said Steve Gingras will replace LaMattina as his legislative aid and will begin duties on April 30.
Gringas will be responsible for handling the day to day functions of the office, including constituent services, policy initiatives, and legislative budget priorities.
A lifelong Eastie resident, Gringas is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Boston College. Prior to receiving this position, he interned for Madaro for over a year and frequently attended meetings in the community on behalf of the office. Gringas also interned on Capitol Hill for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on a Clough Civic Internship Grant from Boston College, where he focused on researching and drafting policy to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. Gringas was also selected for the Ward Fellowship at Boston Latin School, the same public service program Madaro participated when he attended Latin School.
“It is a great honor to be offered this amazing opportunity to serve my home community of East Boston,” said Gingras. “Public service has long been the motivation which has formed my academic and professional experience, and I can think of no greater way to begin my career than by giving back to the neighborhood in which I’ve grown up and lived all my life”.
Madaro said he was excited to have Gringas join his office.
“He brings with him valuable experience, knowledge, and, most importantly, passion for both public service and East Boston,” said Madaro. “I am confident that Steven will be an excellent aide and advocate for our community.”