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Joseph D. Feaster, Jr.

Chair, Task Force on Reparations

Attorney Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. has been practicing law for over 45 years, during which time he has developed an expertise in numerous areas of the law, including corporate, employment and labor, real estate, contract, licensing and zoning, and probate. He currently is Of Counsel at the law firm Dain Torpy Le Ray Wiest & Garner PC., and was Of Counsel at McKenzie & Associates, P.C. for 24 years.

For 5 years, he served as the court-appointed Receiver for Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center; he also served as the Interim Town Manager of the Town of Stoughton. Prior to joining McKenzie & Associates, P.C. as Of Counsel in 1998, Attorney Feaster was Of Counsel to the firm of Wynn & Wynn, P.C. Attorney Feaster is also President of Feaster Enterprises, a strategic planning, organizational development, and community outreach consulting firm.

Attorney Feaster previously served as President of the Massachusetts Community and Banking Council (MCBC), Acting Director of Real Estate for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, Interim Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, one of the largest public housing authorities in the country, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel in the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Administration and Finance, Associate Counsel in Prudential Insurance Company’s Northeast Home Office, and as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board’s Boston Regional Office. His professional affiliations are numerous, as his expertise is sought within the City of Boston and nationally. Such affiliations and service included serving as a mediator for the Suffolk County (MA) Superior Court Mediation program, as a registered lobbyist in Massachusetts, and as chairman and member of the City of Boston Board of Appeal. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM); as an Executive Committee member of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc. (MAMH); as an Advisory Board Member of the Samaritan, Inc.  He recently was appointed by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu as a member of the 21-member Black Men and Boys Commission. He previously served as President of the Boston Branch NAACP, as vice chairman and board member of Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), as Speaker of the House of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as a board member of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), as a board member of Dimock Community Health Center, which tenure included serving as board chairman and as the Center’s Interim President, and on the Executive Council of the Massachusetts AARP. Attorney Feaster was also a former board member of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, former board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Boston, a gubernatorial appointee to the Commonwealth’s Workforce Investment Board, past president of Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association, past president of Northeastern University School of Law Black American Law Student Association (BALSA); past president of Combined Boston BALSA, past chairman of the Boston Enhanced Enterprise Community Advisory Board, and past co-chair of the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition.

Attorney Feaster previously served as the Senior Vice President of Victory Group, a government and community relations firm, as an adjunct professor in Northeastern University’s Master’s in Public Administration program, and as a research associate at the William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Attorney Feaster received his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. He has also completed programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate Development and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Attorney Feaster is admitted to practice before the courts in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is married to Phyllis Ellison-Feaster; has 2 children, Aalana Feaster and Joseph Feaster III (deceased), and a grandson, Jaedin Feaster.

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