Bethany N. Serota, Esq. is the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations for the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development for the City of Boston. Mayor Walsh charged Bethany with creating Project Opportunity, a program designed to support second chance residents impacted by CORI. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, Project Opportunity offers free CORI sealing and expungement clinics, convenes panels on CORI challenges and solutions, and trains front line workers who support residents impacted by CORI. Prior to this role, Bethany served as the Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity for the City of Boston where she oversaw investigations of allegations of housing discrimination, increased equitable access to affordable housing, and enforced the Fair Housing Act.
Bethany received her B.A. from Temple University and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. As a litigator, Bethany represented clients who could not afford legal counsel, as well as refugees and asylum seekers in the Middle East. Bethany serves on the Board of Directors of both the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Neighborhood Birthing Center. She also serves on the Boston committee for the Sarita & Claire Wright Lucas Foundation and is a 2020 Fellow graduate of The Partnership, Inc. Bethany co-founded and co-directs G.I.R.L.S. R.U.L.E., an empowerment program for teenage girls in Roxbury. She is also a member of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Nine Streets Neighborhood Association in Roxbury.