Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Charlie Baker before winning the post in the election this fall, has named a transition and community advisory panel that will offer recommendations on the operation of the DA’s office, advice on policies, and seek to increase community engagement.
The panel has three co-chairs: East Boston state Sen. Lydia Edwards, nonprofit leader and former prosecutor Robert Gittens, and Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, co-founder of Bethel A.M.E. Church and chair of the Ten Point Coalition, an anti-violence group.
Other members include:
Dr. Aisha Miller, a vice president at Related Beal;
Andrea Cabral, a cannabis company CEO and former Suffolk sheriff;
Annissa Essaibi George, president and CEO of Big Sister Boston and a former city councillor and candidate for mayor;
Darryl Smith, co-founder of the Communities of Color coalition and former chair of Mayor Thomas Menino’s neighborhood response team;
John McGann, president and CEO of the Gavin Foundation;
Joseph Feaster Jr., chairman of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts;
J.W. Carney Jr., criminal defense attorney who famously represented the South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger;
J. Larry Mayes, senior vice president of government and community relations at Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston;
Linda Dorcena Forry, former state senator and representative for Dorchester, Mattapan, and South Boston. She is the wife of Dorchester Reporter executive editor Bill Forry;
Lisa Holmes, UMass Boston lecturer and former Boston police officer;
Louis Elisa, former president of the NAACP’s Boston branch;
Marjorie Pauleon Tynes, attorney and former Suffolk prosecutor and victim witness advocate;
Michael Kozu, co-director of Project RIGHT;
Nick Collins, state senator for First Suffolk District,
Paulo DeBarros, director of the teen center at St. Peter’s Church in Dorchester.
“This is an extraordinary group of individuals with extensive knowledge of administrative functions and city and county issues ranging from legal system operations to civic engagement,” Hayden said in a statement. “I’m deeply grateful for their willingness to help shape our approach over the next four years.”