Setti Warren, Mayor, Newton, MA
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Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Streamlining city government and increasing transparency.
Setti Warren has spent more than two decades in public service. He worked alongside his father to help him run a national award-winning program that gave troubled teens work skills and experience. In 1996, Setti joined the Clinton White House where he ultimately served as Special Assistant in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, where he worked repeatedly across organizational lines, bringing diverse groups together to accomplish the President’s agenda. In March 2000, Setti was appointed New England Director of FEMA where he managed a large staff and worked closely with local mayors, members of Congress, and governors to administer vital FEMA programs and deliver resources to cities and towns throughout New England.
After serving as National Trip Director for Senator Kerry’s presidential campaign, Setti served as Deputy State Director for the Office of Sen. Kerry in Massachusetts, working as the Senator’s point person on small business and economic development. In this role, he was responsible for bringing federal assistance to cities and towns across the Commonwealth, connecting countless business owners to loans and vital resources, and bringing federal funding to cities and towns across Massachusetts. Continuing his family’s tradition of military service, Setti enlisted in the Navy Reserve after 9/11, and in 2008 he completed a year-long tour of duty in Iraq as a Navy Intelligence Specialist.