Keefe brings institutional knowledge to support the City of Revere through the transition
Acting Mayor Patrick M. Keefe announced this week his transitional leadership team, with Claudia Correa, Chief of Talent and Culture, to be taking on additional duties as Interim Chief of Staff and Robert Marra to serve as a part-time Senior Advisor to the Mayor. Marra served as the Chief of Staff under Mayor Brian Arrigo prior to Arrigo’s retirement and will serve as Senior Advisor on a part-time basis to ensure a smooth transition during this interim period.
“The goal for the next few months is to provide a smooth transition for our residents and staff and I believe Claudia and Bob are the perfect fits for the role,” said Acting Mayor Keefe. “Bob’s institutional knowledge through the Mayor’s Office and his legal expertise will be indispensable, and Claudia’s work in Human Resources and Talent and Culture will bring another sector of expertise to the Mayor’s Office. Running a city is all about teamwork, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by people every day whose goal is to make our city a better place to live and grow.”
As the first Latina Cabinet Chief in Revere’s history, Claudia continues to help move Revere forward. Throughout her time in the City of Revere, Claudia has worked to proactively create equitable, diverse and accessible systems to better support Revere’s residents and employees. With the Human Resources team, Claudia also implemented new ways to better respond to new and current employees’ needs. Not only has she created innovative ways to retain employees, but she has also revamped and updated job descriptions and expanded to new platforms to attract a broader and more diverse pool of candidates to the city.
Prior to joining the City of Revere, Claudia worked for the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she held roles that allowed her to interact with residents, stakeholders, diverse organizations, and municipal and state departments, giving her the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of city and state services, and the many ways they can be made more accessible to residents. Claudia and her family are Revere residents, and she’s also a proud mother of two raising her children in Revere.
“I am eager to continue to support City Departments, its employees, Acting Mayor Keefe, elected officials, and especially the residents of Revere and local partners, to make sure everyone has equal and feasible access to City Services,” said Correa.
Robert Marra will provide counsel and institutional knowledge to the Mayor’s Office during the transition process. Robert has served the City of Revere for 38 years as Assistant City Solicitor, Commissioner on the Revere Housing Authority (chair from 1996-2000), City Solicitor, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, member of the License Commission, Municipal Hearings Officer, member of the Revere Beach Design Review Board, and most recently as Chief of Staff to Mayor Brian Arrigo. Marra spent 24 years as an attorney for MetLife Property and Casualty Insurance Co. and was Director of their Massachusetts House Counsel office from 2002 until retiring in March of 2018.
“I look forward to working with Acting Mayor Keefe,” said Marra. “The City and its government do not come to a halt in light of a vacancy, and the City Charter underscores the importance of municipal leadership. I consider it a privilege to be part of that process during this important time in the City’s history.”