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Our Team

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Doug Chavez, Founder & Principal

@dvchavez

Doug manages the firm’s business development and serves clients on government and community relations. Prior to joining the firm, Doug served as a political organizer and advisor on Deval Patrick’s presidential campaign as well as Julia Mejia’s historic and successful Boston At Large city council campaign and recount process.  

 

A native of New York City, Doug joined the team of his mentor, former Governor Deval Patrick, serving in Governor Patrick’s administration as the Deputy Director of Compliance for DCAMM (Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance), as well as the Deputy Director for SOMWBA (State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance).  In those roles, he focused primarily on increasing economic opportunities for Minority and Women-owned businesses as well as workforce development for communities of color and for women across the state.

 

Prior to working for the Commonwealth, Doug served as the Constituency Director for the Deval Patrick Campaign for Governor where he mobilized voters in communities of color, especially in new immigrant enclaves where English is not the first language. He also served as a Deputy Finance Director for the campaign and was part of a fundraising team that raised $5.2 million dollars before Primary Day.   Prior to moving to Boston in 2005, Doug lived in New York City where he was the senior retail analyst for the clothing line, Sean John. Previously he also worked as a Retail Planner and Associate Buyer for Macy’s Department Stores.

 

Doug was born in The Bronx, NY, and raised by immigrant parents. He was awarded an A Better Chance, Inc. scholarship to attend Milton Academy. After graduating from Milton, Doug attended the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Doug was named as one of the Commonwealth’s most influential leaders in the Latino community as part of El Planeta’s 100 Powermeter and was also recognized with an official resolution by the Boston City Council for his commitment to increasing opportunities in the City of Boston and throughout the State.

 

After living several years in East Boston, Doug currently resides in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston.

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Eldin L. Villafañe, J.D
Founder & Principal

@eldinvillafane

Eldin grew up in Boston’s Villa Victoria neighborhood, in the South End, and is a graduate of the Boston public schools. He was the strategist and communications director for the winning and historical Boston City Council At-Large campaign of Julia Mejia. Eldin also was the lead consultant on outreach to Black and Latinx communities for Ed Markey’s successful 2020 U.S. Senate re-election campaign, as well as handled the campaign’s media production and ad buys, including to local and statewide news publications, multi-lingual radio market, and all Spanish- language media outlets.

Eldin’s work in the public and private sector for over twenty-five years in Massachusetts and New York includes serving as a Deputy Commissioner charged with handling 24/7 public affairs crisis for one of the nation’s largest prison systems, at the NYC Department of Corrections (Rikers Island).

Prior to that, Eldin organized and established public outreach efforts as political director and communications strategist for SEIU locals in Massachusetts and New York. He was also a partner at a Manhattan public relations firm, coordinating strategic communications for such clients as New York City’s Uniformed Firefighters Association, the largest firefighter union in the country, on numerous 9/11 events. He also drew national media attention to major nonprofits and helped turn local start-up projects into star business ventures.

Earlier in his career, Eldin served as a political aide to an NYC County leader and press secretary for NYC Council and City Hall officials. And while at New York City Hall, he helped manage media relations for council committees' hearings that drew major media attention to some of the city’s most heated issues, including the so-called Central Park Five incident. Eldin’s work in New York was noted by Crain’s New York Business.

He cut his teeth in public service when he served as a legislative aide to a former ranking member of the Massachusetts State House leadership. Eldin holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York. He has lectured and taught on public policy and communications at various public and private institutions and is a contributing writer to many major news publications.

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Marilyn Rodriguez
Operations Manager

Marilyn Rodriguez was born and raised in Boston and currently resides in Hyde Park. She graduated from Simmons University in May, 2021 with her B.A in Sociology and Studio Art.

 

She began working with the Chavez Group in April, 2022 and assists with project management and administrative organization.

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