James Ostis is the Assistant to Mayor William J. Samaras. A lifelong resident of the City of Lowell, James began working in the mayor’s office during the term of Mayor Edward Kennedy in the spring of 2017. Currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Global Studies, he has also worked at the Massachusetts State House, Lowell Heritage Partnership, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. In 2015, he was the first Lowell resident chosen to be a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
James also has volunteered with several organizations in the Lowell area, including serving on the boards of Angkor Dance Troupe, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, Lowell Heritage Partnership, Lowell Festival Foundation, and as the past co-chair of the Lowell Cultural Council.