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Mayor's Biography

Mayor Setti Warren was born and raised in Newton, in the same house where he lives today with his wife Tassy, daughter Abigail, and son John. After graduating from Boston College, Mayor Warren began an extensive career in public service, including working as Special Assistant in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs for President Clinton.

As New England Director of FEMA, Mayor Warren managed a staff and a significant budget. In this capacity he worked closely with local mayors, members of Congress and governors to administer vital and effective FEMA programs and deliver resources to cities and towns throughout New England. As Deputy State Director for Senator Kerry, Mayor Warren was his point person on small business and economic development, bringing federal assistance to cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Prior to running for Mayor, Mayor Warren completed a year-long tour of duty in Iraq as a Naval Intelligence Specialist. He was elected Mayor of Newton on November 3rd, 2009. A strong and productive first term in office earned him reelection by overwhelming margins on November 5th, 2013.

The Mayor focuses his efforts on making Newton a livable, sustainable, 21st century city, and uses data and demographics to improve public safety, infrastructure, education, and economic development, knowing that his administration is making decisions that will affect Newton for decades to come. Over Mayor Warren’s first term, the city increased its capital reserves from zero in 2009 to $13 million.

A City Stat program provides the city’s department heads with analytics to measure and improve performance. The city also successfully negotiated new contracts for all city employees that hold healthcare and compensation cost growth at 2.5%. These contracts not only change the slope of the cost curve; they will also yield $178 million in savings for the city over five years. On the environmental front, Newton reduced its energy consumption by 26% since 2008, saving the city $2.5 million in energy costs.

Mayor Warren serves on the advisory board of the United States Conference of Mayors, chairing the organization’s Community Housing and Development Committee. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.