Jeanne Cristiano has announced her candidacy for Ward 3 School Board. The following is her statement:
“A well-known local woman with extensive leadership experience in municipal and state government, as well as in the private sector, is a candidate for the Everett School Committee Ward 3.
Jeanne Cristiano formally announced her candidacy in a release to the local media on Monday.
“I’m running because I want to bring a new, fresh perspective and a strong, independent voice to the Everett School Committee,” said Cristiano.
Our schools are where our children build the foundations for lifetimes of success. If elected, I will give everything I’ve got to the pursuit of educational excellence.”
Jeanne Cristiano is a lifelong resident who knows the City of Everett backwards and forwards.
Cristiano is also a genuine American patriot, having served honorably in the U.S. Army, including more than two-and-a-half years on a demanding and stressful overseas deployment. She has sacrificed much for our country.
Currently, Cristiano holds the position of Veterans Commissioner for the City of Everett.
“I have been a strong and effective advocate for the veterans of Everett and their family members,” Jeanne Cristiano said, “and I promise to be the same kind of advocate for our schoolchildren: unstoppable and unapologetic.”
Cristiano’s track record includes a ten-year period during which she served successively on the prior Everett Common Council and Everett Board of Aldermen. She holds the distinction of being the first woman elected an alderman in Everett’s history and the first woman elevated by her peers to the presidency of the Board of Aldermen. For three years, she chaired the Everett Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.
Subsequently, Cristiano served at the State House as Director of Budget and District Relations for a gentleman who represented Everett’s interests well in the upper branch of the legislature, State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios.
“I was privileged to have had a front-row seat to the inner workings of state government while working for Senator Barrios,” she said. “The knowledge I gained at the State House can immediately be put to good use as a member the Everett School Committee. This is one of the new dimensions I will bring to the job.”
Cristiano’s post-Senate state government experience includes a stint as a field auditor in the office of the late State Auditor, Joseph DeNucci.
Unlike many who seek public office these days, Cristiano has demonstrated proficiency in both the private and public sectors.
For example, she has been the Special Assistant to the President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the Special Assistant to the President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and as the Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Jeanne Cristiano and her husband, John, are the proud parents of three children, John, Ashley and Nicholas all graduates of the Everett Public Schools. The family resides at 53 Abbott