BOSTON (JUNE 7, 2022) – Newly-elected Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta has announced a slate of hires today. Elvira Mora will join as Director of Civic Organizing, Eva Scapicchio will join as North End Liaison and Sebastian Parra will join as East Boston Liaison.
“I’m incredibly excited to have Elvira, Eva and Sebastian join my office,” said Councilor Coletta. “Each individual brings key credentials, experience and passion for communities within District One. They all have the skill set for this moment to ensure that together, we are building an energetic and inclusive community across the district.”
“I’m deeply honored to continue to work with newly elected Councilor Coletta to serve East Boston, Charlestown and the North End,” said Mora. “I have been blessed to work with Councilor Coletta in building and mobilizing a broad coalition of community members, organizations, and residents of all backgrounds across the district. I have seen firsthand Councilor Coletta’s passion and commitment to these communities. Together, we will center community voices to ensure that all individuals from all walks of life throughout district one are truly represented.”
“There are no words to describe how honored I am to work with Councilor Coletta who has been a role model to me since 2018 when I was an intern in the city council,” said Scapicchio. “The passion that Councilor Coletta exerts in her work is so rare and needed which is why I am thrilled to join her office and serve as the North End Liaison for District One.”
“I am excited to be part of Councilor Coletta’s team and be able to give back to East Boston, a community that gave me so much love and received me with open arms since the moment I arrived in the United States,” said Parra. “I have known Councilor Coletta and her family for many years now, and knowing who she is and where she comes from, I am confident that together we will work towards change in East Boston.”
Biography: Elvira Mora
Elvira Mora was born and raised in Boston where she grew up with her immigrant parents and older brother. She credits her family’s steadfast belief in the importance of family, hard work, and community for guiding her towards public service. Her late father immigrated to the United States from Ecuador in 1980, and worked for many years as a housekeeper at an East Boston hotel near Logan International Airport until retirement. Her mother, who also emigrated from Ecuador, has been a Boston Public Schools teacher for over 27 years.
Elvira is the proud product of Boston-area educational institutions. She attended a local parochial school before being admitted to Boston Latin Academy in the seventh grade and eventually Suffolk University for her undergraduate education. As a native Bostonian, she intimately understands the unique challenges and hardships faced by all of Boston’s residents, particularly the difficulties that immigrants living in Boston encounter daily.
Most recently, Elvira served as Campaign Manager to newly-elected District 1 City Councilor Gabriela Coletta. Through this work, she has fostered stronger bonds with public officials, community leaders, and devoted members of our communities to champion the same goal: to make Boston the best city for all its residents through bold, progressive, and innovative ideas. Outside of City Hall, Elvira can be found traveling with family (and their cat, Penny!) and cooking delicious Ecuadorian food while learning new recipes from around the world.
Biographyh: Eva Scapicchio
Eva Scapicchio was born and raised in the North End where she attended the Eliot K-8, was admitted to Boston Latin Academy and graduated from Umass Amherst. Eva has always been involved in her community: working at the Nazzaro center, babysitting and tutoring local children. Eva grew up in the halls of City Council when her father, Paul Scapicchio was in office. Since then, she has had the pleasure to volunteer and work for the many city councilors after him. Eva has spent the last 6 months working as a Paralegal in the City of Boston Law Department. Outside of work, Eva loves to travel as she has studied abroad in Spain, speaks conversational Italian and fluent Spanish and walks around the North End with her dog, Romeo.
Biography: Sebastian Parra
Sebastian was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to East Boston in 2016 when he was 15 years old. He graduated from East Boston High School in 2019 as Class President, and was always involved in community, spending most of his afternoons with the student council, Key Club (part of Kiwanis Club), and the National Honors Society. Sebastian is a rising senior at Lesley University majoring in Digital Filmmaking and minoring in Graphic Design.
He just recently came back from the United Kingdom, in which he spent the second half of 2021 studying abroad and exploring the streets of London. He has always been interested in community and with his background in the arts, he hopes to bring the neighborhood’s many cultures to the foreground of the city of Boston. In the near future, Sebastian hopes to make a movie about the different experiences of the people from East Boston.
Photographs courtesy of the Office of District 1 city councilor Gabriela Coletta.