As a Deputy Director within the Department of Neighborhood Development, Lydia is responsible for programs to assist Boston residents facing displacement - whether due to eviction, landlord-tenant disputes, rent escalations, unplanned loss of housing. In addition, the office is responsible for collecting eviction data, evaluating for trends, responding accordingly and advocating for policies at the City and state level.
She works closely with landlords, management companies, housing authorities, and tenants to negotiate housing solutions, help residents stay housed, and find new affordable opportunities. Lydia is also setting up and maintaining an inventory of services available to Bostonians in housing crisis at external partner agencies and non-profits.
Currently an attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, Lydia has also served as a leading advocate for domestic workers and immigrants and also as a mediator for landlord-tenant housing disputes
Lydia comes to the City from Greater Boston Legal Services, where she served as the Equal Justice Works Fellow. She represented domestic workers who survived labor trafficking, helping secure back wages and immigration relief. She also helped draft, implement and enforce the recently enacted Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and coordinate state wide implementation of the new law.
An East Boston resident, she has also served as a clerk for Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice R. Marc Kantrowitz, and as Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She has a Masters of Law from Boston University's School of Law, holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law, and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University.