Evandro C. Carvalho – Nominee for Director
I was born in the small country of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, but I have lived in the United States since the age of fifteen. I speak Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole, and I understand some Spanish. I attended Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury and graduated at the top of my class. After high school, I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I majored in legal studies, sociology and minored in African American Studies. I focused my studies on courses that helped me understand the legal system and race relations in America. After learning about the Great Thurgood Marshall in one of my classes, I decided to attend Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. I wanted to be a “social engineer” – to obtain a legal education and continue the “good” fight. After law school, I spent two years in the Washington, DC office of the law firm WilmerHale, where I was part of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation group. I worked closely with accomplished attorneys, such as the current U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen. As a mentor, Attorney Machen encouraged that I seek opportunities where I can use my legal skills to serve the public. Based on the conversations we had, I decided to leave WilmerHale, return home to Boston, and work in for the public interest. I am currently a second-year Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attomey’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts. I am a member of the Gun Prosecution Task Force. After being an ADA for barely two years, five months ago I was promoted to the Firearms Prosecution Task Force, where I balance a case load of approximately sixty gun cases; I appear in the courtroom daily, handling arraignments, motions, and other proceedings; and I have tried over twenty cases, most of which were before a jury. Even in light of these undertakings, what I am most proud of is that I serve the people! Aside from focusing on my career, I am a board member of Teen Empowerment, a regional organization that hires youth and train them in how to effect positive changes in their communities. I am also member/volunteer of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, where I have been instrumental in helping in a campaign to force banks to give more affordable housing opportunities to low and moderate income families in the area. Finally, I am very involved in the Cape Verdean community through various organizations; I try to be visible in the community so that I can serve as a role model to other young men and women.