Filipe Zamborlini for Salem Councilor At-large

About Filipe

When the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program launched, Filipe took this opportunity to give back to the country he had called home since he was 12 years old, becoming one of the first DACA recipients to work in the Massachusetts State House as an assistant to then State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz.

These life challenges ignited Filipe's desire to engage in public service. He began his career as an organizer at the MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrants and Refugee Advocacy) Coalition, advocating for the rights of immigrants like himself from the steps of the Massachusetts State House to the halls of Congress. This led him to continue his path of public service as a policy organizer at SEIU 32BJ Local 615 fighting for workers rights.

Despite being forced to drop out of college due to the 2008 economic recession, Filipe remained eager to complete his higher education. Ten years later, he successfully completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Statistics and Economics at the Harvard Extension School while working full-time.

Filipe grew up a DREAMer, raised by a single mother in and around Boston. Like many immigrants, Filipe and his family worked multiple service industry jobs to make ends meet. Often struggling with food and housing insecurity, Filipe and his family moved often as rising rents pushed them out of community after community.

Filipe is a father, public servant, and progressive who is proud to call Salem his home. A native of Brazil, Filipe moved to the US when he was 12 years old. Filipe has spent years working as an organizer and advocate, leveraging his own lived experience to amplify the voices of marginalized peoples and push for more equitable policies and communities.

Filipe later went on to continue his public service a fair labor investigator in the Attorney General's Office under the leadership of then Attorney General Maura Healey, and to serve in both non-profit and government positions as a career coach with the Jewish Vocational Services, the Public Policy Director at Rosie's Place. Currently, Filipe serves as the the Community Grants Coordinator for the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC).

On February 27, 2020 Filipe became a U.S. Citizen. After taking his oath of citizenship at Faneuil Hall, he took the next train back home to Salem, registered to vote and proudly cast his first ballot.

Filipe is married to his wife, Ann, a social worker and public servant. They moved to Salem in 2018, becoming first-time homebuyers in The Point and more recently moving to South Salem. Together they are raising a daughter, Clara, building a family, and investing in the future of the Salem community.

Filipe has already turned his passion for public service into action in Salem, having joined the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board immediately after moving to Salem. Filipe is running for Salem City Councilor At-Large to continue to serve the community, fight for and alongside people most marginalized, and to make sure Salem is an affordable, accessible, and welcoming City for all. Filipe is the only candidate running for for Salem City Councilor At-Large who has both the direct lived experience with poverty and housing instability as well as the policy expertise to tackle these issues on day one. 

Why Vote for Filipe For Salem Councilor At-Large?

Filipe has a deep commitment to the Salem community and is dedicated to creating a city that is affordable and full of opportunities for all. With his experience and passion, he will work to make Salem a better place to live for everyone.

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