Peter Favorito is the Digital Equity and Inclusion Advocate for the City of Boston, in both the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet. In this role, Peter helps make devices, internet access, and digital literacy training courses more affordable and reliable for residents of Boston. He does this through collaborations with other City of Boston departments, state and local government offices, community-based organizations, nonprofits, internet service providers, small businesses, and neighborhood groups. While digital equity is not a new issue, as the “digital divide” has been present since the inception of the internet and modern technology, the COVID-19 pandemic has shed more light on this topic, and Peter understands this increased need to adequately get folks connected.
Prior to his current role, Peter worked for former Boston City Councilor, Matt O’Malley, as a legislative aide and community liaison for the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. While there, Peter focused on constituent services, helping resolve issues ranging from fixing small potholes to finding housing for folks in need. Additionally, Peter conducted policy research and drafted legislation for the Councilor, regularly attended community meetings and events, and even helped produce the Councilor’s podcast, “The O’Pod.”
As a lifelong Bostonian, Peter cares deeply about improving the lives of his fellow community members, building trust between residents and the local government, and being an advocate for those who are all too often ignored. Peter attended Boston Public Schools his entire life and graduated from the Boston Latin School in 2016, followed by the College of the Holy Cross in 2020. In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing sports, telling bad jokes, learning about new cultures and music, and helping others however he possibly can.