My name is Bryan Barash and I appreciate your support in electing me to the Newton Charter Commission! My wife Claudia and I live in Nonantum with our two dogs, Shotzy and Seven. We moved to Newton while I was attending nearby Boston College Law School and my wife was running her small business. I serve as the Legislative Director & General Counsel in the Office of Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler. I am the chief adviser to the Majority Leader on all legal and policy matters. I oversee her legislative and budgetary agenda, which includes fighting for funding for unaccompanied homeless youth many of whom are LGBT, ensuring contraceptive coverage is available to all women without a copay, reforming the criminal justice system to tear down barriers to reentry, and instituting a blue alert system, similar to the amber alert system, to quickly react to violence against law enforcement. I am committed to a career in public service and see the opportunity to serve on the commission as a chance to give back to my community.
I am a proud member of the Democratic Party, serving on the Newton Democratic City Committee executive committee and as the Vice Chairman of the Newton Ward 1 Democratic Committee. I am also an active participant in the work of the Newton Human Rights Commission (appointed pending approval), a lead volunteer with Green Newton advocating for increased energy conservation and solar, on the Steering Committee for Progressive Newton, a volunteer attorney for Metro West Legal Services specializing in CORI sealing, and a member of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Justice, where I contribute pro bono to the Amicus Brief Working Group.
Prior to law school, I owned and founded bb web consulting, which provided web development and strategic services to progressive non-profit organizations such as Conservation International, US-AID, and the International Rescue Committee. I have also served as the Policy Director for Warren Tolman's Campaign for Massachusetts Attorney General, Internet Communications Director for New Mexico Senator Tom Udall and in 2007 helped develop the 50 state internet outreach strategy for Barack Obama's Presidential primary campaign.