August 31, 2015
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Jason Palitsch

Government & Public Affairs Specialist, Veterans Inc., Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester
Residence: Shrewsbury
High school: Shrewsbury High School
College and degree earned: Bachelor's degree, Northeastern University

Career highlights: Becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Shrewsbury School Committee, at 22; being the Democratic nominee for state representative in Shrewsbury and Westborough; serving as communications director to State Sen. Michael Moore; and working on behalf of veterans in need and their families.

Community involvement: Shrewsbury School Committee member (2012-2015; vice chair 2014-2015); Shrewsbury Town Meeting member (2009-present); board member of the Shrewsbury Education Foundation and Friends of the Worcester Area Retired and Senior Program (RSVP); Massachusetts Democratic State committeeman.

Ultimate career goal: To continue to be engaged in public policy while making a difference in people's lives.

Non-relative you admire most: Dr. John Collins, former Shrewsbury superintendent of schools and Marine Corps veteran, for living a life devoted to public service.

Favorite book: "Townie: A Memoir," by Andre Dubus III

Hidden talents: It comes as a surprise to those who don't know me well, because it doesn't happen often, but I'm actually a pretty good cook.

"By the time I turn 50, I'd like to have … made a lasting, positive impact on the greater community."

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