Bethany N. Serota, Esq. is the Deputy Director of Workforce Equity and Inclusion for the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development for the City of Boston. In 2020, Mayor Walsh charged Bethany with creating Project Opportunity, a program designed to support second chance residents impacted by their criminal record. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Advancement, the Office of Returning Citizens, and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, Project Opportunity offers free CORI sealing and expungement clinics, convenes panels on CORI challenges and solutions, hosts CORI friendly resource fairs and job readiness workshops, and trains front line workers who support justice involved individuals. 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 as an At-Large Director and Chair of the Community Service Committee for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Birth Center. Bethany is also a member of the Board of Directors for both the Sarita & Claire Wright Lucas Foundation and Nurtury Early Education Learning Lab. Bethany is a 2020 Fellow graduate of The Partnership, Inc. Bethany co-founded and co-directed 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.