Michael Loconto is a seasoned attorney, policymaker and consultant with two decades of experience serving local government, non-profits and the education sector, with a focus on labor and employee relations across organizations of all sizes.
An Accomplished Administrator and Proven Leader
A member of the Massachusetts bar, Mike has served as general counsel for a small college, building the institution's first in-house counsel function by promoting clear and stable practices across institutional functions, from admissions to student affairs, human resources, finance, facilities and academics.
A boundary-spanner, Mike also served as a policy, compliance and labor relations leader for a large, decentralized teaching and research institution, where he promoted practical solutions for enterprise human resources, risk and financial operations. He was the institution's first Youth Protection Officer, successfully designing and implementing a process to promote child safety in campus programs.
Mike began his career serving the City of Boston, where he forged a reputation built on mutual respect and a commitment to finding reasonable outcomes with employee unions. His reputation as a fair dealer has led to enduring relationships with the community and employee representatives in higher education, K-12, public safety, construction and trades.
An Educator and An Entrepreneur
Mike has taught legal writing and research at his alma mater, Northeastern University School of Law, and is a sought-after public speaker and convener on contemporary labor and education issues. He has presented before the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Labor & Employment Relations Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, CUPA-HR, and the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, among others.
A Long Record of Volunteerism and Public Service
Mike's commitment to fairness and equity has provided a foundation for a long record of volunteer public service. His efforts in economic development and youth empowerment have been guided by a desire to make Boston a welcoming and supportive city that provides opportunities for all.
Mike served seven years on the Boston School Committee (including three as Chairperson), where his efforts contributed to a nine-point increase in the graduation rate, expansion of pre-kindergarten, closing opportunity and achievement gaps for students of color, increasing state and local funding for public schools, building 21st century schools, and breaking down barriers for admissions to selective secondary schools. An original appointee of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Mike's long service in and around City Hall have created the relationships necessary to get results in government.
Mike is an admittedly slow runner with a weak spot for local craft beer and pointless arguments about music and comedy. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife and three daughters, and a rabbit named Nibbler. (Updated: December 2020)