Three new hires join Newburyport Mayor’s office

Wednesday February 09, 2022

Newburyport – Mayor Sean Reardon has hired three new staff members, who will fill critical roles and advance the policies and vision of the new Administration.

Andrew Levine joins the City as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. Christine A. Jackson will serve as Executive Assistant to the Mayor’s Office. Kim Turner will fill the part-time position as Manager of Special Projects.

Andrew Levine has served in numerous governmental roles, most recently as Director of Administrative Services for the Town of Billerica. From 2017 to 2021, Levine worked at MassDevelopment as Operations Officer for the Transformative Development Program, an economic development program focused on inclusive growth in Gateway Cities. He also has worked in government relations at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. Levine grew up in Framingham and Wayland and attended Georgetown University, where earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Government and minors in Theology and Italian. He completed his Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. While there he interned in Gov. Baker’s administration as a Dukakis Fellow, working on field lab projects for the Cities of Boston and Lawrence and for Boston Public Schools.

Christine A. Jackson comes to the City from Brooks School in North Andover, where she served as Executive Assistant/Assistant College Counselor in the College Counseling Office. While at Brooks she also served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Jackson has extensive sales and marketing experience with software companies in Massachusetts, California, and Virginia. Jackson obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. She lives in Haverhill with her husband, Whit. They have two daughters, Clare and Lydia.

Kim Turner has chaired the Newburyport Parks Commission for seven years, leading the all-volunteer board that stewards the City’s 26 parks. She has extensive experience in landscape architecture, with both a private Boston firm and her own company, which she founded in 2009. She has designed numerous projects across the state, taught at the Boston Architectural College, published a book, and filmed two seasons with PBS’s “This Old House.” She also has consulted for 10 years for the Town of Weston’s Planning Board, evaluating projects under site plan review and helping write policy regarding environmental issues. Turner earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine, and her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts. Turner has donated her passion, expertise, and design services to the City for numerous projects, including Joppa Park, Lower Atkinson Common, the Newburyport High School promenade, and the Inn Street Fountain Restoration project. Most recently, she spearheaded the effort to restore the Bartlet Mall Frog Pond as the crowning jewel of the City’s open spaces.

“I ask residents to welcome Andrew, Christine, and Kim as they take on their new roles,” Mayor Reardon said. “They will be a critical part of our team, truly listening to all voices in our City to help build a Newburyport of opportunity and inclusion.”

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