EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SHORENSTEIN CENTER ON MEDIA, POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY

HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

Setti is a talented and experienced leader with extensive experience in local, state, and national politics and governance. He served as mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 2010 to January 2018, where he represented 90,000 citizens and managed a $390 million budget, 24 city departments, and over 900 city employees. He worked closely with unions and community members to create a balanced budget without sacrificing vital services.

He also worked as deputy state director for Senator John Kerry’s Massachusetts office (2004-2008), national trip director for Kerry for President (2003-2004), and held numerous positions in the Clinton White House (1997-2000). From 2000 to 2002 he served as New England regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. From 2007 to 2008 he served on active duty in Iraq and from 2002 to 2011 was an intelligence specialist in the U.S. Navy Reserve.