Our Staff

Megan Costello

Executive Director

Megan Costello (640)Megan Costello grew up outside of Boston in Reading, Massachusetts. She came to Boston in 2005 to attend Suffolk University where she earned her degree in Sociology: Health and Human Services. Her passion has always been in politics and government, especially ensuring that women’s voices are heard and included. Since graduating in 2009, she has worked for a variety of elected officials and campaigns. In 2009 she began working for Setti Warren who was running for Mayor of Newton. When he won in 2009, Megan managed his transition and then joined him in the Mayor’s office where she was his Executive Assistant and then his Director of Community Engagement. In 2012, she joined President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in the swing state of Iowa. There she was a Region Field Director managing 21 out of 99 counties, where she was responsible for working with her staff to deliver the vote for the President. After returning from Iowa, Megan worked to elect Senator Ed Markey as his Statewide Volunteer Director. Shortly after Senator Markey’s election, Megan joined Marty Walsh’s campaign for Mayor as his Campaign Manager. Megan has spent many years on the campaign trail, but decided to join the Walsh Administration because her passion has always been to advance women in politics and government. Megan currently lives in South Boston and in her free time enjoys cooking, cycling and yoga. She also sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Political Action Committee.

Rebecca Cudmore

Graduate Fellow
Summer 2014

Rebecca Cudmore (73)Rebecca Cudmore received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College in 2007 and her M.A. in Forensic and Counseling Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in 2011.  Rebecca is currently a second year doctoral student in criminology and justice policy at Northeastern University.  Her primary policy and research interests are in the area of violence and victimization, with a specific focus on sexual offending and intimate partner violence. Rebecca is a summer graduate fellow at the Office of Women’s Advancement. She is working in collaboration with the Boston Police Department on projects involving human trafficking, specifically how the hotel industry in the city of Boston comes into contact with human trafficking victims. The goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the scope of human trafficking in the city and to develop a plan for training hotel employees to recognize and respond to human trafficking in their workplaces.

Allison Newman

Graduate Fellow
Summer 2014

Allison Newman (264)Allison Newman is an MBA Candidate at Boston University (BU) in the Public and Nonprofit Management program. At BU, she serves as Vice President of Marketing/Communications for both the Public and Nonprofit Management Club and Cohort Q, the LGBT student organization at the School of Management. Originally from Virginia, Allison previously worked on the investor relations team at the University of Richmond. She obtained her B.S. in Marketing and B.A. in Media Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This summer, Allison is working on a plan for prevention of sexual assaults on Boston college campuses. Because Allison is continually inspired and motivated by this city, she aims to make Boston an integral part of each local woman's success story.

Siri Uotila

Graduate Fellow
Summer 2014

Siri Uotila (938)Siri Uotila graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics and a Secondary Field in Government. Her professional experience includes three years as a management consultant for the pharmaceutical industry in New York, as well as work on two presidential election campaigns and in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. Siri is currently pursuing a three-year joint MPP/MBA at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. She is passionate about women’s advancement and works to promote the full participation of women in the economic, social, political, and academic spheres of society. During her summer fellowship, Siri is working directly with the Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Advancement to develop the strategic direction of the office, to establish the Boston Women’s Commission, and to assist with priority projects around pay equity.