Patrick Fandel will be the new Dorchester liaison with the city’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Monday.
The neighborhood liaisons are frequent faces at neighborhood meetings, acting as point people for the Mayor’s office and working with other city departments to deliver services to their representative areas. Savin Hill resident Dave Cotter, who held the Dorchester post since Fall 2015, has transitioned over to the Department of Neighborhood Development.
Fandel will represent villages including Columbia-Savin Hill, Clam Point, St. Marks, Melville Park, Ashmont Hill, Ashmont Valley, Ashmont Adams, Lower Mills, Cedar Grove, Pope's Hill, Port Norfolk, and Peabody Slope.
“I am honored to be named the Dorchester liaison by Mayor Walsh,” said Fandel in a statement. “Dorchester is rich in diversity, tradition and ideals and I look forward to continuing Mayor Walsh’s goal of providing excellent city-services to every neighborhood.”
Khoa Pham, Roudnie Célestin and Flavio Deveiga also represent portions of Dorchester. Pham is the city’s Vietnamese liaison. Deveiga works with the Cape Verdean community and parts of Dorchester, including Bowdoin-Geneva, Uphams Corner, Grove Hall and Four Corners. Célestin is the citywide Haitian liaison and covers parts of Dorchester and all of Mattapan.
Fandel, 23, is a Boston College High School graduate who lives in Lower Mills. He graduated in Spring 2017 from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
According to the city’s release, in his free time, Fandel enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring local cafes and restaurants. He worked as a field organizer with the Walsh re-election campaign in 2017.
“I am very excited to announce Patrick as the new Dorchester liaison,” Walsh said in a statement. “Patrick has previously worked to promote civic-engagement amongst many different groups, and I look forward to seeing the results of him engaging with the Dorchester community. He will continue to help Dorchester retain its special character and culture, while delivering high-quality constituent services.”