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Boston Public Schools Announce New Leadership in Communications Department

Gabrielle Farrell is Appointed Chief Communications Officer; Amelia Aubourg to Serve as Communications Director

 

BOSTON - Boston Public Schools (BPS) today announced the appointment of Gabrielle Farrell as Chief Communications Officer and Amelia Aubourg as the Director of Communications for BPS. In her role, Farrell will be charged with developing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy that will ensure BPS students, families, staff, and the entire Boston community are well informed of BPS’ important work. 

“As Boston residents and alumnae of Boston Public Schools, Gabrielle and Amelia bring the experience that we need to connect BPS’ leadership with our families and students,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I look forward to their leadership and partnership to connect our school communities, highlight the work happening within our classrooms, and move our district forward.”  

“One of the most important functions of our work at BPS is to communicate clearly with our families, staff, partners and communities in a way that is accessible and authentic,” said Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “I have no doubt that Gabrielle and Amelia will embrace this work with the same professionalism they have shown throughout their professional careers.”

Farrell, who served as traveling Press Secretary for Senator Elizabeth Warren during the 2020 United States presidential election, will be returning to BPS, where she previously was Deputy Chief of Staff. She also held leadership roles in Connecticut’s Treasury Department, the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and Senator Warren’s and then-Mayor Martin Walsh’s re-election campaigns. Farrell started her career in public service as a press assistant in former Mayor Walsh’s office in 2014. More recently, Farrell worked in the tech industry, where she spearheaded the development of a media relations program in North America for PTC Inc., a global billion-dollar Nasdaq-traded software manufacturing company.  

“I am honored to be called back into public service in support of BPS families,” said Farrell. “Mayor Wu’s vision to foster equitable, impactful, and transparent engagement both within BPS and externally across the district is our charter. Having attended Boston Public Schools, I know firsthand the promise our district has, and I look forward to serving the students and residents of Boston as we continue to build a world class education system in our city.”

Farrell completed her Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communications at Northeastern University and recently served on Bryn Mawr College’s Board of Trustees. As a Posse Foundation Scholar, Farrell attended Bryn Mawr College and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Political Science. She attended the James P. Timilty Middle School and Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, formerly known as Health Careers Academy, both BPS. 

In her role, Aubourg will execute many of BPS’ key initiatives as they pertain to both internal and external communications. She brings over 18 years of experience in philanthropy, strategic communications, and branding to this position. She has worked in leadership and management roles in higher education and the non-profit sector at Mass Mentoring Partnership, the American Red Cross, and Action for Boston Community Development. Her work focuses on elevating and enhancing brands that matter and helping them raise their profile and impact. 

“As a BPS alumna, it is a full circle moment to serve in this role,” said Aubourg. “I look forward to amplifying the work as we strive to bring transformational change to education in Boston.”

Aubourg attended the James P. Timilty School and Boston Latin School. She is a published children’s author and has won awards for her volunteer leadership roles and contributions from the Boston Latin School Association and Fenway Community Development Corporation. In addition, she served as the Vice President of the Alumni Board at her alma mater Regis College, where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications. 

Farrell resides in Dorchester and will join the team on May 18th. Aubourg resides in Fenway and will begin on May 30th.