James Arena-DeRosa

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James Arena-DeRosa
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Former candidate for
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
High schoolXaverian Brothers High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Date of birthJuly 3, 1956
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
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James Arena-DeRosa was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 elections.[1] Delegates at the state Democratic Party convention in June 2014 did not select Arena-DeRosa as one of three lieutenant governor candidates to appear in the primary.[2]


James Arena-DeRosa and his three sisters were raised in Walpole, Massachusetts by their parents, Nicholas and Vera DeRosa. After graduating college, Arena-DeRosa became in involved in local politics and was trained by the United Farmworkers in community and campaign organizing. He then served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Arena-DeRosa became the Director of Public Advocacy at Oxfam America where he also served as an SEIU Union Leader. In 1999, Arena-DeRosa served as the New England Director of the Peace Corps for the Clinton Administration and, in 2010, he was appointed by the Obama Administration to be the Northeast Regional Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.[3]


  • Xaverian Brothers High School
  • Harvard University, Anthropology[3]



See also: Massachusetts Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Arena-DeRosa was running for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Arena-DeRosa was eliminated from contention by state party delegates prior to the Democratic primary on September 9, 2014.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Arena-DeRosa and Lina, live in Holliston with their two sons, Anthony and Alessandro. Lina and James married in 1986 and took each other’s last name as both a cultural tradition and a sign of gender equity. Lina is a director for the Holliston Senior Center. Arena-DeRosa is a member of his community's Finance Committee, a Little League Coach and a photographer for Holliston High School's theater group.[3]

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