Robert Consalvo

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Rob Consalvo
Robert Consalvo 2010.jpg
Consalvo in 2010
Member of the Boston City Council for District 5
In office
June 2002 – January 2014
Preceded by Daniel F. Conley
Succeeded by Timothy McCarthy
Personal details
Born (1969-07-16) July 16, 1969 (age 48)
Hyde Park, Boston
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Consalvo
Children Amanda
Residence Hyde Park
Alma mater Xavier University

Robert Consalvo (born July 16, 1969) is the chief of staff for Boston Public Schools, and a former member of the Boston City Council. For 12 years he represented District 5, which includes the Hyde Park, Roslindale, Readville, and Mattapan neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts.

Early years[edit]

A graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, Consalvo matriculated to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He served on the staff of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Washington DC, both in his Senate Office and the Health, Education, Labor and Human Services Committee, and later in Boston. He also worked at the Massachusetts State House as Director of Constituent Services for State Representative Angelo M. Scaccia. Consalvo’s duties included researching and contributing to the development of state budgets, writing language, drafting budget amendments and developing state legislation.

Political career[edit]

Consalvo, right, and mayor Thomas Menino, far left, at the Taste of Roslindale event in 2011.

Boston City Council[edit]

After placing sixth as an at-large candidate in his first bid for elected office to the council in November 2001,[1][2] Consalvo was elected to represent District 5 on the Boston City Council in a special election in June 2002.[3] Consalvo was re-elected to additional two-year terms five times (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011). District 5 has a diverse population of about 80,000 residents.

Consalvo served as chair of the Housing Committee, vice chair of the Government Operations Committee, and was the council’s trustee for the Neighborhood Housing Trust, which has awarded approximately $84,000,000 in linkage funds since its inception to build affordable housing in Boston. He was a member multiple committees; Public Safety, Education, Ways & Means, Labor, Youth Affairs & Human Rights, Whole, and the Special Committee on Asthma.[4]

Mayoral run[edit]

Consalvo did not seek re-election to the council in 2013, as he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Boston; he finished seventh in the preliminary mayoral election.

Personal life[edit]

Consalvo is a resident of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston; he is married with three children.[4] In November 2014, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Home Center for the City of Boston.[5] Within the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Home Center works to "help create financial initiatives to help seniors stay in their homes; increase the access of more middle-income Bostonians to home ownership opportunities; and assist residents in making their homes greener and more energy efficient."[6] In February 2017, he was named chief of staff for Boston Public Schools.[7][8]


  1. ^ "CANDIDATES SEEK CITY-WIDE RECOUNT"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. The Boston Globe. November 17, 2001. p. B.2. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via 
  2. ^ Lupo, Alan (December 23, 2001). "CONSALVO LOOKS AT BRIGHT SIDE"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. The Boston Globe. p. 3. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via 
  3. ^ Van Sack, Jessica (June 5, 2002). "CONSALVO WINS SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL ELECTION"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. The Boston Globe. p. B.2. Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via 
  4. ^ a b "Councillor Rob Consalvo, D5". Archived from the original on September 14, 2013 – via Wayback Machine. 
  5. ^ "Rob Consalvo". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Akilah; Irons, Meghan E. (November 21, 2014). "What happened to those who ran for Boston's mayor". The Boston Globe. 
  7. ^ Treffeisen, Beth (February 28, 2017). "Mayor Walsh Announces New Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs for BPS". East Boston Times-Free Press. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  8. ^ "DISTRICT LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS". Retrieved March 9, 2018. 

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