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Stephanie L. Everett, Esq.

Executive Director

Stephanie Everett, Esq. was appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency (OPAT) in April of 2021. In this role, Everett oversees the day-to-day operations of the department, in addition to serving as Chair of the OPAT Commission and maintaining oversight of the Civilian Review Board and the Internal Affairs Oversight Panel. Everett works directly with the Mayor’s Office, the Boston Police Department, and community partners to implement a series of reforms to policing in the City of Boston. 

Prior to her appointment to lead OPAT, Everett operated a solo law firm with an emphasis on criminal law, business contracts and real estate matters. For almost two decades, Everett has devoted her professional career to public service, working to ensure equal access to state and local resources and advocating for women's rights. Her previous appointments included serving as the Executive Director for various boards within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Chief of Staff to the Department of Transitional Assistance, and Deputy Chief of Staff to a Massachusetts State Senator. Additionally, Stephanie has served as Public Safety Manager at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) where she managed the Shannon Youth Violence Prevention Grant that brought law enforcement agencies and prevention partners from multiple municipalities together to work toward intervention efforts.

Stephanie is a proud Boston native and strong believer of community. As child, the community uplifted Stephanie as she navigated troubled home life and again when Stephanie became a teen mother. Drawing from the strength of her community, Stephanie was able to persevere through homelessness and break societal expectations of her young family. In 2002, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Completing her educational goals, Stephanie earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2008 and was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts the same year.

Stephanie has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Top Woman of Law by Lawyers Weekly (2012) and as a Woman of Color Changing Our Community by the Eastern Stars of Prince Hall (2013). In January 2009, Stephanie was appointed by the Caucus of Women Legislators to serve on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and served as a Commissioner on the Boston Employment Commission. Stephanie presently serves as a Board Member of Emerge Massachusetts and Progressive Massachusetts and is a Member of Boston’s Ward 17.

Stephanie lives in Mattapan with her husband and children.

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