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

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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

Welcome Marissa Choy

Marissa Blog PhotoO’Neill and Associates welcomes Marissa Choy as Account Coordinator in our public relations and communications practice. Marissa will help service clients in the public relations practice.

Before joining O’Neill and Associates, Ms. Choy was the events manager for Crash Line Productions where she led and trained a team of over 50 staff members to ensure excellent service for events that included the Boston Calling Music Festival and Forbes 30 Under 30. Previously, Ms. Choy interned at Rawlins George PR and Marketing in London.

Ms. Choy graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies — public relations. Ms. Choy was involved with multiple organizations at Boston Univeristy. She served as the executive director for Boston University’s Relay for Life for three years; was the vice president of public relations for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority; an admission ambassador; and the study abroad column editor for The COMmunicator, the official student publication of the Boston University College of Communication. Originally from San Francisco, Ms. Choy now resides in Brookline.

Total Wine & More Shrewsbury Opening

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Attention all wine and beer lovers! On February 23rd, Total Wine & More opened its newest store in Massachusetts, located in the White City Shopping Center on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. The chain’s newest addition is its third store in Massachusetts.

Total Wine & More, the nation’s largest independently owned retailer of fine wine, spirit and beer, opened to the public on Thursday, February 23, but held a sneak peek preview event on Wednesday evening, bringing out more than 300 people to the new store. Customers and guests were encouraged to browse the aisles filled with more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits, and 2,500 beers while enjoying beer and wine samplings.

The grand opening celebration include music, free wine and beer tastings, and catered hors d’oeuvres.  A champagne toast, courtesy of Moet Chandon, was offered as store management celebrated the ribbon cutting, officially opening the store for business.

To celebrate the Shrewsbury store’s grand opening, Total Wine & More partnered with the Worcester performing arts center, Mechanics Hall, which received 10 percent of all wine sales from the store’s opening weekend. Over the past year, Total Wine & More has worked with over 8,000 non-profit charitable organizations across the country, providing nearly $7 million in-cash and in-kind donations that has helped their partners raise more than $35 million for great causes.

Total Wine & More is optimistic that its new opening in Shrewsbury will help the community as a whole, bringing more than 50 jobs to the area as well as great offerings for customers including affordability and an unparalleled selection and expertise about beer and wine to Central Massachusetts.

Total Wine & More currently has stores in Natick, Everett, and Shrewsbury, in addition to over 170 stores nationwide.

Embracing Our Differences Makes Us Great

By Ann Murphy

With the rancorous tenor of the political season permeating every waking hour, it’s difficult to feel hopeful for what’s next for the United States and for future generations.  Name calling, intolerance, fear mongering and outright nastiness have taken over the airwaves and the headlines.

But, there are glimmers of hope out there and there are people who espouse the very values that make our country great. These people illustrate the importance of our diversity and our differences and how these attributes are the key to helping us live our lives to the fullest.

nbp-haben-2Meet Haben Girma, a 28-year-old and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School.  An African-American first generation immigrant, Haben was born deaf and blind and learned to read braille at the age of five. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she became a civil rights attorney at the California-based firm Disability Rights Advocates.  She left the firm earlier this year and now, instead of litigating against companies on behalf of the disabled, she became an instrument of change and an advocate for accessibility.  As a result of her efforts, Haben was recently recognized by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change.

Haben recently spoke at the Michael Driscoll Elementary School in Brookline to elementary school students who participate in the program “Understanding our Differences And Similarities.”  She communicated with the students through her braille note taker as an aide translated the students’ questions and comments from another device.

The students had insightful questions and addressed important things, such as what Haben liked to do in her free time. Her answer: she likes to dance swing and salsa and spend time with friends.  What is her favorite book? Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.

Students also had many questions about how Haben navigates with the help of her guide dog Maxine. Haben talked about using Google Maps and how Maxine responds to commands.

The students were fascinated by Haben, who gave an example of overcoming barriers when she discussed what it took for her to learn how to surf.

“I love the ocean and beach and I wanted to learn how to surf. I contacted surf schools and most said ‘we can’t help you because we don’t know how to work with people like you.’  It was very frustrating. It’s not fair to discriminate against people. A teacher’s job is to teach and to be creative. That means being creative to find a solution to work for the student,” said Haben.

Haben doesn’t want the word “inspirational” to be used about her and others with disabilities and she had a strong statement on that for the students.

“We call people with disabilities inspirational without thinking about what we are saying or what we mean. I prefer using inspiration as a verb. I’m inspired to make my school more inclusive, I’m inspired to make my website more accessible… rather than saying that person is inspirational.”

Haben visited with the elementary school students as a precursor to her featured keynote address at the annual National Braille Press gala, “A Million Laughs for Literacy,” that was held on Friday, October 28 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.  Haben’s remarks and her presence were a reminder to us all that it’s our differences that make us all better people and that what we perceive as challenges, for ourselves or in others, are actually opportunities to find solutions and positive outcomes.

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OA’s Quick Take on the Second 2016 Presidential Debate


Sunday, October 9th marked the second presidential debate of the 2016 Election. Coming on the heels of a scandal that drove dozens of supporters away from the Trump campaign, many Americans were anxious to see how the debate would take shape. Our team shares their initial reactions below:

  1. Hillary walked out strong, confident, smiling. Trump seemed reluctant, nervous.
  2. If you were a Trump supporter, he came out and did exactly what you wanted him to do. He did enough to stop his landslide. And he clearly did some prep. It was still not enough to drastically improve his debate performance, but he performed better on the first few questions of this debate than in the last one.
  3. Locker room talk is no excuse for the language used by Trump in the leaked 2005 video. It’s a sorry explanation, especially after his terrible apology.
  4. The visual of Trump lurking behind Hillary will likely be the lasting memory from this debate, and it was not a good look for him. It made viewers uncomfortable – not just women, but also men.
  5. The questions from the audience were very broad, and given the challenges that this campaign has had on focusing on policy, I think that the broadness of the questions did not help in that effort. I think that this audience should have been encouraged to write questions with more specifics regarding policy.
  6. It seems that Trump believes being President is essentially acting on one’s own and clearly has a lack of understanding about the government’s system of checks and balances. This is an exaggerated statement, but there is some truth to it. He seems to think that one senator has a lot of power.
  7. I don’t think that this debate changes any of the fundamentals of the election. Trump may have shored up collapsing support from the Republican Party, but he did nothing to expand his base. Hillary continued to look substantive and presidential, which is what she needed to convey.

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Trump Goes Low, Ends on Even Lower Note after Second Debate

By Cosmo Macero Jr.

Cosmo Macero Jr.It’s become almost impossible to look at this race from any perspective other than: “Can you imagine this person as the actual President?”

The answer with Trump has been “no” for quite some time. Yet even with the terrible 48 hours he experienced following the release of his vulgar remarks, the opportunity existed for him to at least win a big campaign moment by delivering a very different kind of performance in the debate.

He didn’t.

Trump actually survived the agonizing start – the harsh scolding from Hillary – and the necessary relentlessness from both moderators on his vulgarity and cavalier boasting of sexual assault. But when it was time to move on he simply could not break out of #TheDonald mode.

The prowling of the stage and the sniffling sounds and the frowns and furrowed brow and other various looks continued to betray a candidate with no self-control, and no ability to disguise his emotions – qualities that one does not value in a head of state.

As one colleague of mine put it: “It would be good to play poker with Donald Trump.”

The thumping defeat Trump suffered in the first debate outweighed the more subtle loss he sustained in the second. There was so very much he needed to do to even make a dent with a single voter who wasn’t already absolutely devoted to him. It was too big a hill to climb. He did little or nothing to win back the Republicans who have fled his cause like a listing ocean liner. And if he was able, perhaps, to stabilize his stalwart “base” – it’s with the knowledge that it won’t alone be enough to win the presidency.

Cosmo Macero Jr. is a senior vice president in O’Neill and Associates’ communications division. To continue the conversation, connect with him on Twitter or email him at

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund to Host Major Symposium on Alzheimer’s Disease on October 19th

caf-symposiumCure Alzheimer’s Fund will host its 6th annual symposium at the Boston Public Library on Wednesday, October 19th.  The symposium will focus on New Paths to Discovery and will feature some of the world’s leading researchers on Alzheimer’s disease.

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a non-profit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed over $45 million to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs – including the groundbreaking “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” study. So far this year, the organization has issued more than $6 million in research grants to scientists looking to advance our knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease or to develop effective therapies to treat or cure it.  Since the beginning of the year, the organization has funded 29 projects across the country and around the world, with more grants to come.

The symposium will feature a film screening of four short films focused on living with Alzheimer’s, plus a discussion with award-winning author David Shenk and prize-winning filmmaker Eric Latek.  Additionally, the event will highlight research on new paths to discovery by Duke University’s Murali Doraiswamy, Beth Stevens of Boston Children’s Hospital, and Rudy Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital.  Tanzi is the Chair of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund’s Research Consortium and Doraiswamy is a member of the consortium.  There will be a Q&A with the researchers after their presentations.

The symposium is free of charge and members of the public are welcome to attend the film screening, the research presentation or both.  Attendees must register in advance by calling (781) 237-3800 or at this link.

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