The Class of 2019

Jake Oliveira

Assistant Executive Officer, Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents; School Committee Member, Ludlow Public Schools; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Assoc. of School Committees; Regional Director, National School Boards Assoc.; Age 32
Education: Framingham State University (BA)

Jake Oliveira

Jake Oliveira

What did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut — until I realized I was scared of heights and tight spaces. For most of middle school and high school, I wanted to be an architect. I still have an appreciation for architecture, but physics class made me reassess that dream.

How do you define success? Feeling fulfilled at the end of the day.

What three words best describe you? Passionate, articulate, outgoing.

What are you passionate about? Public education and lifelong learning, as well as voting rights and civic engagement.

What goal do you set for yourself at the start of each day? To find enjoyment, even from the little things in life — a sunset, a conversation, a smile.

What person, past or present, would you like to have lunch with, and why? FDR. He was described as being so charismatic and engaging. Plus, he’s one of the presidents I admire most.

What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Apparently, some of my friends see a resemblance.

What will work colleagues say at your funeral? “He was one of a kind.”


Photography by Leah Martin Photography