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Taveras adds Jerzyk, Cuervo to staff

December 30, 2010

On the cusp of his Monday inauguration, Providence Mayor-elect Angel Taveras is bolstering his staff with the addition of two savvy staffers: Matthew Jerzyk – as director of government relations — and Gonzalo Cuervo — as deputy chief of staff.

Jerzyk, a lawyer with DeLuca & Weizenbaum, has made his name as a political activist and analyst since graduating from Brown University. He founded the Rhode Island’s Future blog, previously worked for District 1199, SEIU, and has served on the boards of several community groups. Cuervo served in several roles with Providence Mayor David Cicilline, including as director of communications, and has also been active with community groups.

Jerzyk will coordinate the city’s legislative agenda with the city council, state government, and federal government. Cuervo, meanwhile, is expected to work closely with Taveras chief of staff J.R. Pagliarini.

“I am excited that Matthew and Gonzalo are joining my administration,” said Mayor-elect Taveras.  “Matthew will be using his legal and government relations background to promote our policy agenda to move Providence forward. Gonzalo will build our team through his first-rate communications skills and complex understanding of how government works.”

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