Stephen Passacantilli is a candidate for District 1 City Council. He and his wife, Renée, are raising their two children, Grace (9) and Evan (16), in the building where he grew up in the North End. Both of Stephen’s children attend the Boston Public Schools, so he understands how critical it is for every family to have access to great public schools in their community.
Growing up in the North End taught Stephen the importance of community involvement and working together. Stephen was raised in a family that is dedicated to public service. His father, Daniel, worked for 42 years as a probation officer, and his mother, Lorraine, retired from the City of Boston after 24 years of dedicated service. Stephen has continued that tradition, spending the last 11 years working for the City of Boston in a variety of constituent service roles.
Stephen worked as a constituent service liaison in City Councilor Sal LaMattina’s office for seven years, providing solutions to the unique challenges facing the residents and local businesses in District 1 on a daily basis. He later went on to work as an advisor to the Mayor, and as Director of Operations for the Boston Transportation Department- an experience that will allow Stephen to immediately begin to address the traffic, transportation, and infrastructure challenges the residents of District 1 face on his first day in office.
Stephen is a 1998 graduate of Suffolk University, where he earned a dual degree in Communications and Journalism. While at Suffolk, Stephen mentored youth at the Nazarro Center in the North End. After graduating, Stephen worked for a startup in San Francisco before returning home to become a substitute teacher at East Boston High School.
Stephen is no stranger to adversity. After battling addiction, he has been sober for over 13 years. Having experienced first hand the willingness of others to offer support and second chances, he discovered his passion for helping others and trying to make a difference in his community. Stephen has been a tireless advocate for residents of the district, having served as past president of his local civic association and coaching both little league and the U14 North End Dodgers. He currently sits on the boards of local non-profits such as the North End Against Drugs (NEAD), the Gavin Foundation and the North End Beautification Committee, as a founding member. Additionally, he volunteers with the North End Historical Society where he has a film production credit for "Boston's North End: An Italian American Story."
Stephen is running for City Council because he has made his life here in District 1, and wants to ensure that all families, whether they have been here for five months, five years, or five generations, have access to the best the city has to offer.