At a community meeting on Monday, Rep. Adrian Madaro introduced his new legislative aide Gloribel Rivas to residents.
“She’s an incredibly intelligent woman with a big heart who truly cares about the neighborhood,” said Madaro to the crowd.
Earlier that evening Rivas was making the rounds at an Eastie Week event regarding the proposed ferry routes in Boston Harbor.
There, Rivas engaged numerous residents, taking down their questions and concerns and promising to bring their feedback to Rep. Madaro.
Later over a burger at Renegades Pub, Rivas, 24, said she grew up in Eastie after immigrating to the United States from El Salvador with her family at the age of 5. As a child, she attended Boston Public Schools, graduating from Boston Latin School and then University of Massachusetts Boston.
Throughout college, she was an active and dedicated volunteer at the East Boston branch of City Life/Vida Urbana, a non-profit dedicated to helping people stay in their homes in the face of eviction or foreclosure.
Rivas also worked as a volunteer on the campaign of Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards.
After graduating from college, she worked as a paralegal at FitzGerald Law Company, an immigration, personal injury, and criminal defense firm in Boston, where she was responsible for processing immigration cases, allowing her to gain a thorough understanding of the immigration process. Rivas is also a member of the Boston SPARK Council, Mayor Martin Walsh’s millennial advisory group.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Rep. Madaro,” said Rivas. “I love East Boston, and I am proud to join a team that is dedicated to tirelessly advocating for the needs of everyone in our community”.
Madaro was given the opportunity to hire an additional staff member upon being appointed as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation in February. The addition of another staff member will allow the office to handle the increased workload, balancing the demands of legislative and committee work with constituent services. Rep. Madaro is committed to responding to constituent issues thoroughly and in a timely manner, and the expanded capacity of the office will allow the office to better serve residents of East Boston.
“I am very excited to have Gloribel join my team,” said Madaro. “She is the perfect fit – passionate, intelligent, kind, driven, and committed to improving our community. Her background and extensive involvement with community groups give her a unique perspective, which will allow our office to more effectively represent our constituents in East Boston. I am proud to have her working with me in the community”.
With Rivas’ hire, Madaro staffer Steven Gingras has been promoted to the position of Chief of Staff. Gingras, a graduate of Boston Latin School and Boston College, joined the team in April 2018, replacing former aide and campaign manager, Liana LaMattina. After serving as legislative aide for the past year, he will now take on an expanded role managing the Representative’s legislative portfolio, committee work, constituent cases, and overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations in the office.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position. Thank you to Rep. Madaro for this exciting opportunity,” Gingras said. “I am thrilled to be working alongside Gloribel. I deeply appreciate her passion and enthusiasm for serving the East Boston community, and I know she has the skills and knowledge to be the best advocate for our neighborhood”.