Mark Ciommo, Boston City Councilor.
Mark was born and raised in a working class family in Allston-Brighton. For four generations, Mark's family has lived, worked, raised their children and retired in Allston-Brighton. Mark and his sister were raised in Allston-Brighton by their single mother Louise Rufo. Without a father, Mark learned at an early age about the importance of community. Mark knows that a strong community can make a difference in the lives of its citizens because Allston-Brighton made a difference in his. It is a simple lesson that has shaped his entire life.
Growing up, he was always involved in youth organizations and sports. Mark still remembers the elation he felt when the staff and coaches of the Allston-Brighton YMCA Street Hockey Program recognized him with the Most Valuable Player Award for the season. He credits his success to the guidance and encouragement provided by his community leaders, teachers and coaches. As an adult, he has tried to give back to the community that gave him so much.
With hard work and determination Mark became the first person in his family to earn a college degree, graduating with a B.S. from Suffolk University. Mark worked his way through High School and College. He worked in the kitchen at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, he was a custodian at the Kennedy Memorial Hospital, which later became the Franciscan Children's Hospital and he also delivered flowers for Minihane's Florist.
In 1985, Mark met his wife, Laura. Though not originally from Allston-Brighton, Laura immediately fell in love with the community, and together they decided that it would be the best place to start a family. It was important to Mark and Laura that their two boys, Michael and Matthew, have the same family and community support that Mark received throughout his childhood.
Mark was elected to the Boston City Council in 2007. He has never forgotten the importance of community. As City Councilor he continues to use his passion and love for this community to make a difference in the lives of every citizen in Allston-Brighton. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means which oversees the Council's review of the city budget.
Suffolk University - BS
Boston Technical High School
Attended Boston Public Schools Kindergarten-12
PUBLIC SERVICE EXPERIENCE:
• Executive Director, Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center, 14 years
• Assistant Director, Jackson Mann Community Center
• Teacher, City Roots Alternative High School for At-Risk Youth
• Youth Outreach Worker, Jackson Mann Community Center
• Founding member, Hobart Park Neighborhood Association
• Appointed representative, Public Safety Advisory Committee for Neighborhood Policing
• Past President and coach, Little League baseball, Youth Hockey and the City-wide RBI league
• Founding member, Brighton Little League which he later helped merge into the community-wide Allston-Brighton Little League
• Founding member and Financial Agent, Boston Partnership of Older Adults
• Treasurer, Brighton Lodge of Elks #2199
• Brighton Board of Trade - Member of the Year Award
• Healthy Boston Coalition - Outstanding Dedication to the Neighborhood of Allston-Brighton
• Boston Management Consortium - Making Boston a 21st Century Leader Award