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W.E. David Halbert

Master of Public Administration

Graduated in 2016

David Halbert has spent over 15 years in public service, most recently with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office where he served as Deputy Director of Community Affairs. A lifelong public servant and civic activist David has been a staff member for former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former Boston City Councilors Sam Yoon & John Tobin. In 2019, David was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. While he did not win, his strong showing suggested a promising future in elected public service.

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David currently serves on the boards of East Boston Main Streets and the East Boston Piers Park Advisory Council. He has formerly served as an officer for the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; Affirmative Action and Outreach Chair for the Boston Ward One Democratic Committee; and as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

David is a graduate of numerous leadership development programs including the New Leaders Council; the Commonwealth Seminar program; the Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership; and the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. A proud Eagle Scout, David is an alumnus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.

David lives in Dorchester with his wife Lauren and their two daughters.

Areas of Expertise: Municipal policymaking, government relations, civic engagement

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