About Jason Palitsch

I grew up in Shrewsbury, and I’m proud to call myself a product of Shrewsbury Public Schools. I’ve always felt a passion to give back to the community that has given me so much. As a Shrewsbury High School student concerned about budget cuts I was seeing around me as a student, I became active in efforts to increase school funding. At 19, I was elected a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 9, serving the neighborhood where I grew up.

While working towards my degree at Northeastern University, I began in 2009 to serve as an aide to State Senator Mike Moore, who represents Shrewsbury and seven other municipalities in the Massachusetts Senate. Working for Sen. Moore for three years, I participated first-hand in the legislative process, working on issues specific to Shrewsbury.

In 2012, as I continued to be concerned about the cuts being made to Shrewsbury schools, I ran for a seat on the Shrewsbury School Committee. I became the youngest person ever elected to the body, and have been exceptionally proud of what Shrewsbury Public Schools has been able to accomplish. I was an active member of the Policy and Budget Priorities subcommittees, and served as Vice Chair of the Committee from 2014 to 2015. Now a new set of challenges faces our schools, and I’m stepping back up to the plate to be a part of facing those challenges head-on.

I’m proud to be a board member of Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services, serving in a leadership role in a one-of-a-kind organization that provides counseling and social services to Shrewsbury families. SYFS is a vital support to Shrewsbury schools, and to our broader community. I am also an active member of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, and a former board member of the Shrewsbury Education Foundation. I currently work as Government and Public Affairs Specialist for Veterans Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit serving veterans in need and their families across New England.

Last year, I purchased my first home at the northern end of South Street. I am proud to continue my service as a Town Meeting Member today, representing Precinct 8.

BACKGROUND

  • Shrewsbury School Committee Member (2012-2015)
  • School Committee Vice Chair (2014-2015)
  • Town Meeting Member (2009-present)
  • Board Member, Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services
  • Member, Rotary Club of Shrewsbury
  • Aide to State Senator Michael O. Moore (2009-2011)
  • Shrewsbury Fiscal Study Committee Member (2013)
  • Government and Public Affairs Specialist for Veterans Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit serving veterans in need and their families across New England
  • Board Member, Shrewsbury Education Foundation (2012-2016)
  • Community Supporters for Shrewsbury, Strategist (2014)
  • Active organizer, ballot campaign for Shrewsbury Public Library (2013)
  • Board Member, Friends of the Worcester Area RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)

EDUCATION

BA from Northeastern University, Cum Laude

Shrewsbury Public Schools, K-12

  • 2007 Graduate of Shrewsbury High School
  • Grades 6-8: Shrewsbury Middle School
  • Grades 3-5: Floral Street School
  • Grades 1-2: Walter J. Paton Elementary School
  • Kindergarten: Beal School