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ABout Pavel payano
Pavel Payano is one of Lawrence’s young, talented, and driven individuals that many residents and activists have been watching for the past several years. Pavel's family came to Lawrence in the late 80s in search of the American dream. His parents have been lifelong educators working the past several decades as teachers in the Lawrence Public Schools. They taught the importance of hard work, the value of an education, and a commitment to serving others.
Pavel demonstrated these values at a young age, graduating from the Robert Frost School and Lawrence High School with honors. He got his first job at the age of 15 serving as an aide to the Recycling Coordinator at Lawrence’s Department of Public Work.
In 2006, Pavel received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While in college he served as President of the UMass Student Government overseeing a $1.8 million student activity budget and he led efforts to establish Student Bridges, an organization dedicated to support urban college students and advocate on issues dealing with affordability and accessibility in Higher Education.
Since then he served in several roles such as Special Assistant to Congresswoman Tsongas, where he worked on economic development and helped advocate for constituents with issues with the IRS and Social Security. During our most recent financial crash, Pavel worked as a social worker to the Department of Transitional Assistance where he experienced firsthand the flaws of our outdated welfare system and saw how poor economic opportunities can affect the thousands of hardworking families that make Lawrence their home.
In 2011, after receiving a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston, he took on the role of Project Manager for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Initiative. This initiative was a collaboration between UMass Lowell's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Deshpande Foundation, which sought to increase leadership and entrepreneurship in the Lawrence and Lowell area. As Program Manager, he helped establish the Mill City Leadership Institute which offers professional and leadership development to workers in both the private and non-profit sector.
As senior member of the Lawrence School Committee, he has advocated for the last 6 years for initiatives that lower the achievement gap and increase enrollment in higher education. He also serves on the board of the Lawrence Family Development, Inc. a nonprofit that houses the Lawrence Family Development Charter School, Youthbuild, and the Quintana Center. He is an active board member of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund which allocates ~$200k a year to summer programs in Lawrence. He is also the President and Founder of the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization whose mission is to attract, retain, and engage young professionals in the Lawrence area.
After graduating from Suffolk University Law School he became an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College and he serves as the Director of Operations for ALPFA, a non-profit organization charged with expanding opportunities for leaders in the global market.
He now is the Director of ALPFA, Inc.'s Boston Chapter where he works to empower and develop the over 6,000 professional men and women to be leaders of character for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
2014 - Distinguished Young Professionals Award, Mas TV
2014 - Young Professional Excellence Award, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
2013 - 40 Under 40, MVB Magazine
2011 - Public Service Award, University of Massachusetts Boston
2007 - National Prize in Political Leadership, Government of the Dominican Republic
2006 - UMass Leadership Award, BCP UMass Amherst
1998 - Robert Frost Middle School
2002 - Lawrence High School
2006 - BA in Political Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst
2011 - Master of Public Affairs from University of Massachusetts Boston
2015 - Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School
2016 - Director of Boston Operations, ALPFA Inc.
2015 - Adjunct Professor, Merrimack College
2015 - Board Member, Lawrence Family Development, Inc.
2014 - Board Member, Greater Lawrence Summer Fund
2011 - Project Manager, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UMass Lowell
2011 - School Committee Member, Lawrence Public Schools
2010 - Founding President, Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network
2009 - Social Worker, Department of Transitional Assistance
2007 - Special Assistant, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Improving our Education System
As senior member of the Lawrence School Committee I understand how public education is vital to the growth and sustainability of Lawrence. I am committed to ensure that our school system develops 21st century leaders. My top priority as a City Councilor will be to ensure that there is a transition process in place so that an effective and productive governance structure will be in place of our schools will return to the Lawrence community.
- Will begin conversations to ensure that the Lawrence School Committee has an effective and productive governance structure.
- Support initiatives that increase the dropout age to 18 and expand early childhood to full day starting at 4 years old.
- Full year access to school facilities so that our youth have places to go.
- Develop a school inmprovement plant that addresses the needed renovations of school facilities.
Helping Lawrence Businesses Thrive
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the Lawrence community and I am committed to help them grow and be successful. We need to make it easier for business to start up in our city and we need to be more attractive for outside businesses to want to set up roots here. This will increase our tax base and provide for the expansion of public services.
Improving Public Safety
I am committed to focus on creating and supporting current initiatives that target our current rise in violent crimes and the opium addiction epidemic we face. As a former social worker and public education advocate I understand how lack of economic opportunities and poor education systems play a contributing factor to the rise in violent crimes and drug addictions. To successfully target this epidemic that is crippling our city we need to targets the roots of the problem and also ensure that our Lawrence Police Officers have the resources, training, and support they need to keep our community safe. An important factor in this will be to work with our state delegation to build a desperately needed police station.
The Lawrence community is facing a serious housing crisis (high rent and shortage of affordable housing). We need a comprehensive housing approach to address the impact it has on municipal service, education, traffic, and public safety. We need to have a conversion with our neighboring communities about having a regionalize approach to solving this issue. We also need to ensure that we don't over extend our tax base by continuously increasing property taxes and that our zoning laws fit the mold of our neighborhoods.