Lori Trahan Announces Key Additions to Senior Team

Amy J.M. Morris

Jonathan Latino

LOWELL, Mass. — (March 29, 2018) Democratic candidate for Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District, Lori Trahan, has added three people to her senior campaign staff.

Marty Walsh, president of Gateway Public Solutions, a strategic consulting firm in Boston, will serve as senior advisor; Jackie Bart, formerly campaign finance director, has been promoted to campaign manager; and Amy J.M. Morris, a communications professional from Andover, Mass., joins as communications director.

“I’m thrilled that Marty, Jackie and Amy are helping lead our team,” Trahan said today. “They bring a wealth of experience, insight and drive that will keep us competitive in this race and focused on the issues and concerns of the people in the 3rd district.”

Before founding Gateway Public Solutions, Walsh led the Massachusetts Office of Business Development for Governor Deval Patrick. Prior, he served 8 years as aide and advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has played key roles in a number of successful campaigns including those of Congressman Joseph Kennedy and Senator Elizabeth Warren. He directed successful voter turnout operations in 2010 and 2008 for President Obama, as well as for Governor Patrick, Congressman Barney Frank, and Congressman Stephen Lynch.

Bart studied public relations at the University of Rhode Island. She has experience in education reform as a teaching assistant as well as in the nonprofit sector. She worked as a newsroom intern at WPRI and as a social media intern at RDW Group in Providence.

Morris has spent more than 20 years in the communications field, most recently as media relations director of Phillips Academy in Andover. Prior, she led the communications teams at the Massachusetts State Lottery and the New England Better Business Bureau. Morris is also a professional researcher, and has assisted a number of journalists, writers and nonprofits with various projects including nonfiction books and long-form magazine pieces. She most recently directed a team of researchers for a forthcoming book on Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, and is presently consulting for a documentary film.

In their new roles, Walsh, Bart and Morris join a team of volunteers, advisors and a core field staff. Members of the field staff include:

  • Jonathan Latino, communications manager. Jon recently earned a M.S. degree in public relations from Boston University’s College of Communication, and has interned at O’Neill & Associates and ML Strategies, as well as The Roosevelt Group in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Congressman James McGovern in Worcester, Mass.
  • Grace Pezzella, finance director. Prior to the campaign, Grace interned for Senator Edward Markey with a focus on immigration and housing. Grace earned a degree in American history from Bates College.
  • Sara Keene, field manager. Sarah recently earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. She has interned in the offices of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.
  • Pat Harkins, campaign coordinator. After graduating with a B.S. degree in political science from Rivier University, Harkins served on the staff of Ted Gatsas’ campaign for Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire and the Lowell National Historical Park.
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