DiDomenico aide first from state to get national legislative award

Christie Getto Young of Arlington resident who is chief of staff to state Sen. Sal DiDomenico, is the 2019 recipient of the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) Legislative Staff Achievement Award.

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She was the first staff member from the Massachusetts Legislature to receive this award and was honored at the 2019 National Conference of State Legislature Summit in Nashville in August.

This national award is given annually by the NCSL Leadership Staff Professional Association and was created to recognize an individual who demonstrates excellence in support of the work of a state Legislature and strengthening of legislative institutions.

'Passion, dedication'

“Christie truly deserves this award, and I am excited that others around the country got to see what we already know in our office and in the Senate," said DiDomenico, assistant majority leader of the Senate, in a release. "Christie is a leader who others look up and she is a huge asset for our Legislature. 

"Not only are we fortunate to have her as our chief of staff, but the residents of the Commonwealth are the beneficiaries of her passion and dedication to serve.”

For nearly a decade, Getto Young has been a key resource for legislative staff, nonprofit organizations,and advocates working to pursue policies that support our Commonwealth’s children and families.

She was nominated by her state Senate colleagues in the light of her many legislative accomplishments, including writing the 2013 Social Worker Safety Bill and spearheading a multiyear Senate initiative known as Kids First, which took a holistic look at the way in which our Commonwealth can support children and families.

Senate President Karen Spilka said in the Sept. 27 news release: “Everyone, from constituents to her Senate colleagues to the children and families she has advocated for, has a reason to be grateful that Christie has chosen to dedicate her life to public service. Christie’s combination of professionalism and kindness make her a natural leader, and she has served as a role model for many staff members in the Senate."

'Long-lasting impact'

In the letter nominating her, Christie’s Senate colleagues wrote, “While Christie’s list of legislative accomplishments are impressive her greatest career achievement is the long-lasting impact and influence that she had on young staffers, especially female staffers. Christie has not only inspired dozens of young people to pursue careers in public policy, she has become a mentor to many in the Massachusetts Legislature.”

Getto Young has worked in the state Legislature for 11 years. Her career in public service began working as a research analyst for the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Human Services from 1993 to 1995. After pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, serving as senior director of public policy at United Way of Massachusetts Bay, she returned to the Legislature in 2010 working for Sen. DiDomenico, first as his budget and policy director and in 2013 as chief of staff.

Getto Young has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Kenyon College, a master's in social work from Boston College and a juris doctor degree from Northeastern University.

DiDomenico is a Democrat representing the Middlesex and Suffolk district, which includes his hometown of Everett as well as Chelsea, Allston, Brighton, Charlestown and parts of Cambridge and Boston.

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.