Like many of their neighbors, Dominick and his family moved to Hamilton when his wife, Kristin, received a tenure-track faculty appointment at Colgate University in 2011. They live on West Pleasant Street with their 16-month-old daughter Aurelia.
Shortly after moving to Hamilton, Dominick and Kristin joined the Friends of the Hamilton Public Library, the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, the Chenango Canal Association, and the Palace Players. Dominick serves on the Parents Advisory Committee of the Chenango Nursery School and volunteers at the Hamilton Public Library. Very active in founding and leading a community theater group in his hometown, he is excited to be involved in the local theater scene in Hamilton as well, directing and volunteering at the Palace Theater.
Dominick grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and earned his BA in Political Science and Theater from Bates College in Maine (magna cum laude). After college he and Kristin returned to Massachusetts. While Kristin pursued her PhD in Oceanographic Chemistry from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, Dominick managed a campaign for the state legislature and subsequently went on to work as chief of staff to the State Representative he helped elect.
While working in the legislature in Massachusetts, Dominick also attended Suffolk University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Political Science. His coursework and research at Suffolk included state and local tax policy, public finance and budgeting, program evaluation and policy analysis, organizational effectiveness in government, civic engagement, public human resource management, legal and ethical issues in public management, and environmental issues in public administration.
In 2006 Dominick began working as a freelance public affairs consultant, providing public relations, strategy, fundraising, public opinion research, and grassroots campaign services to nonprofits and political campaigns throughout New England. His clients were a diverse array and included candidates for public office, environmental advocacy organizations, art museums, theater groups, and ballot question campaigns. He has worked on campaigns dedicated to protecting the environment, preserving land and open spaces, ensuring historic preservation, and providing affordable housing and home-ownership opportunities.
In 2007 Dominick left his staff position with the Massachusetts legislature to devote himself full-time to his consulting work. Since 2006 he has worked with over 40 clients from across the New England region. In 2010, Dominick “retired” from his consulting work to take on his most challenging, yet most rewarding, job to date: full-time at-home Dad for Aurelia.
When the family decided to move to Hamilton, Dominick resolved to get involved in any way he could best serve their new hometown, to provide a different perspective, new energy, and fresh ideas to address the many challenges facing our community. Through his efforts Dominick hopes to help make Hamilton an even better town to live, work, and raise a family.
September 19, 2011