(Boston, Mass.) – State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) announced today staff changes in his senate office. Cyr has promoted Leslie Sandberg to Senior Advisor and has hired Jeffrey Soares, an Osterville native, as his new District Director.
“I’m thrilled to have Jeffrey join my team - with his strong ties to the Cape and experience in public policy, he is wonderfully suited to hit the ground running,” said Cyr. “Leslie’s expertise in state politics and love for the Cape and Islands, makes her a trusted advisor for my team. I couldn’t do this job without the tireless work of staff who help me represent Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.”
Soares has experience in economic policy and organizing. He has a Master’s in Economics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and later relocated to Australia where he worked for several public and private sector organizations researching and developing sustainable businesses and policies. He currently lives in Osterville.
Sandberg has extensive experience in national and state level politics. As Senior Advisor, she will continue working on important issues for the district and will also handle media relations for the office.
Sandberg primarily works from the District; Soares will split his time between the Senator’s District Office at Barnstable Town Hall in Hyannis, and the State House.
The hiring of Soares continues Senator Cyr’s trend of hiring all Cape and Islands current residents or natives for his staff. Information on the full staff is online here.
Jeffrey grew up in Centerville and Osterville. He attended Centerville Elementary School, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, and graduated from Sturgis Charter Public School. He attended the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, where he completed both his undergraduate degree and his Masters’ Degree in Economics. After graduation, he relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where he worked with various governmental and non-profit organizations as an economic researcher and policy analyst.
Leslie’s thirty year career in the public sector has established her as an expert in strategic communications, public policy, and advocacy. She has advised labor unions, non-profits, political candidates and elected officials how to successfully handle public affairs issues, media relations, campaigns and manage crises. She holds a B.A from Tufts University and a M.A. in Public Policy and Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. Leslie was a communications consultant to the Cyr Campaign. She lives in Provincetown with her wife, Kass Goodwin.