O’Neill and Associates Announces the Addition of Joseph Alviani, Esq. as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Policy

Joe Alviani.jpgO’Neill and Associates announced today that respected government and business executive Joseph Alviani, Esq. has joined the company as Senior Advisor of Strategy and Policy. Mr. Alviani brings 45 years of experience in government, business, healthcare, and technology.

“I am so pleased to welcome Joe to our company and be able to offer his extensive talents and expertise to our clients,” said Chief Executive Officer, Thomas P. O’Neill III. “As a highly regarded advisor to a number of our region’s innovative industries, Joe’s respected career speaks to the valuable insight he can offer and what he can bring to the challenges business face in 2018.”

Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Mr. Alviani served as the Vice President for Government Affairs at Partners HealthCare, a regional health care system that includes among its hospitals, Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, Spaulding and McLean. There Mr. Alviani oversaw a staff that provided counsel in the development and implementation of the organization’s public policy, responded to the legislative and regulatory needs of the Partners’ hospitals and affiliated entities, and assisted in assessing community and regulatory demands related to market transactions. Before joining Partners, Mr. Alviani founded and led Alviani and Associates, a Boston firm with a specific focus on strategic counsel to non-profit organizations, government, and business. He was the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation (MTPC) where he expanded MTPC’s mission and created the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC). Mr. Alviani also was partner at Mintz Levin and Chairman of ML Strategies LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm.

Mr. Alviani is a recognized leader at the state and federal level. He was Massachusetts Secretary of Economic Affairs for Governor Michael Dukakis and the Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston under Mayor Kevin White. Mr. Alviani’s Washington, D.C. positions include roles as co-counsel to the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on Labor and executive staff member for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mr. Alviani has been involved in a number of civic and business associations including the New England Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Governor’s Council on Economic Growth and Technology, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Alviani earned his Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School and a Bachelors of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College. He was also a Fellow for the Center for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an adjunct professor of law at American University Law School.

Welcome Summer 2018 Interns


This summer, we are proud to welcome fifteen students to our internship program. Each of our interns represents a different school as listed below:

  1. Georgetown University
  2. Boston University
  3. University of California, Los Angeles
  4. Brown University
  5. Auburn University
  6. Quinnipiac University
  7. Syracuse University
  8. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  9. Clemson University
  10. Saint Anselm College
  11. Loyola University Maryland
  12. Suffolk University Law School
  13. Boston College
  14. Clark University
  15. St. Lawrence University

Throughout the summer, our students will be paired with mentors who will help them gain valuable skills and insight into the world of public relations, federal and government relations, and marketing. During the internship program, there will be opportunities to work on client projects and on-site events. We look forward to seeing all that our interns will accomplish!

Cristo Rey Boston High School Academic Signing Day 2018


CEO Tom, COO Shelly, VP of Operations Nairi, pictured with former O’Neill and Associates Cristo Rey corporate work study student Angela (second from right)

Academic Signing Day is one of the most anticipated highlights for the graduating class of Cristo Rey Boston High School. The day culminates with a celebration where the five top-performing seniors reveal their college decisions by donning a hat emblazoned with their selected college’s logo. Their chosen destinations: UMass Lowell, Bentley University, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, and Boston College. The jubilant moment is filled with shouts of praise and tears of joy. And, while the event’s main attraction is the unveiling by these extraordinary seniors, the night celebrates the entire graduating class of Cristo Rey Boston High School, exceptional in that every graduating senior goes on to a four year college. Many of them are the first in their families to graduate high school.

The path from freshman year to graduation is not easy for Cristo Rey Boston students. Many first year students come to the school with skill levels that are below average for their grade and age. Over the course of four years of accelerated academics, nearly all the students graduate at the appropriate skill level. Along with classroom work, the school requires students to take on a work study at a local business to gain insight into what it is like to work in a professional setting.

Cristo Rey utilizes a unique educational model and multipronged approach for success: active participation by family, faculty, and corporate sponsors. The students, who often come from limited means, must first have a family who is willing to steer them to the private school and encourage them along the way. Balancing challenging academics and a work study is rigorous and support at home is essential. At school the faculty works with each individual student, giving them personal attention and instruction. There are no shortcuts to success, but the path to graduation is paved with such caring classroom teaching teams. Lastly, corporate sponsors play an integral role in the lives of the students. Beginning in their freshman year, companies takes on students and mentors them over the next four years by providing guidance and teaching valuable skills that will benefit them in all future endeavors.

In the end, the true success behind Cristo Rey Boston is the resolve and commitment of the students themselves. The students must want to succeed. Despite all the incredible support of family, faculty, and corporate sponsors, these students still need to make the most of the opportunities in front of them.

Cristo Rey Boston is special to everyone at O’Neill and Associates. CEO Tom O’Neill served as Board Chair of Cristo Rey Boston and its predecessor, North Cambridge Catholic for nearly three decades. In addition our office has employed work study students since the program’s inception in 2004. The staff here knows the work study students personally and we are invested in their success. It is a privilege to be a part of the Cristo Rey Boston story. Our sincere congratulations to the Class of 2018.

A Look Back At Our OA Team Members Who Ran The Boston Marathon!

With the Boston Marathon only days away, check out some of our OA team who have run in the past!

Marissa Sullivan, Account Executive (Pictured Left) 

Nairi Aprahamian, Vice President of Operations (Pictured Center) 

Tom O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer (Pictured Right with son Tom) 

Lindsay Toghill, Vice President

Matt Irish, Vice Chairman

Shelly O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer

Now Hiring: Public Relations Director for the Boston Office


O’Neill and Associates is a communications, public affairs and government relations firm providing services throughout the Northeast. O’Neill and Associates is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local employment discrimination laws.

O’Neill and Associates seeks to fill the role of director within its public relations division of its Boston office. The director responsibilities and qualifications are as follows:


  • Assist the vice chairman and other public relations senior management in servicing various clients
  • Seek out new client and business development opportunities
  • Collaborate with the public relations team to grow the practice
  • Develop and execute national media relations, PR and publicity campaigns
  • Contribute to overall strategic planning and campaign development for clients
  • Write premium content of all kinds with a high degree of skill and professionalism
  • Design and execute first-rate social media campaigns
  • Assist in event management for clients
  • Attend certain client and other events


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 3-5 years of public relations or related experience
  • Strong and proven communication, writing and research skills
  • Proven experience effectively pitching national media across a variety of programming types
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Advanced digital and social media practical skills
  • Ability to multi-task, shift priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent team player with ability to interact with all levels of management and staff

For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter by email to careers@oneillandassoc.com.

For a PDF version of this document click PR Director Job Description

New Hire Spotlight: Welcome Ashley Lokken and Chase Schaub



O’Neill and Associates welcomes Ashley Lokken and Chase Schaub as two additions to our Boston office.

Ashley Lokken is an account coordinator in our public relations practice. In this capacity Ms. Lokken provides client support to the public relations team. Ms. Lokken also assists the company with day-to-day operations.

Before joining O’Neill and Associates Ms. Lokken was a legislative intern for State Representative Paul Brodeur at the Massachusetts State House. Previously, Ms. Lokken was a social media intern for The Esplanade Association and a communications intern for WGBH and the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Ms. Lokken graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In college she was the social media director for Emerson’s student publication The Berkeley Beacon. She currently resides in East Boston.

Chase Schaub is an account executive within the O’Neill and Associates communications practice. In this capacity, Mr. Schaub provides client support, including messaging and branding, media relations, marketing, and social media strategy and implementation.

Mr. Schaub is an alumnus of O’Neill and Associates’ internship program, where he assisted the public relations division in creating social media content, conducting research, and drafting and distributing press releases.

Prior to joining O’Neill and Associates, Mr. Schaub was a Real Estate Portfolio Planning and Research intern at Fidelity Investments. At Fidelity, Mr. Schaub worked on a variety of projects including a “GenZ” real estate and workplace strategy.

Mr. Schaub will receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Communications from Boston College in May 2018 and will join the firm full time in June. Mr. Schaub is involved in the Marketing Academy, The Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action, and WZBC Sports Radio. He has also written for The Heights, Boston College’s student newspaper. Mr. Schaub currently resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.


Welcome Spring 2018 Interns

This spring, we are proud to welcome eleven undergraduate students from Boston College, Boston University, Emmanuel College, Endicott College and Suffolk University. Throughout the semester, these students work closely with specially paired mentors in order to gain first-hand experience into the world of public relations, government relations and marketing. Our interns will become immersed in the public affairs world and will build lasting relationships that will help guide them as they embark on their careers.

Spring 2018 Interns