The following is from O’Neill and Associates.
BOSTON (October 24, 2012)– O’Neill and Associates, New England’s leading full-service government affairs and public relations firm, today announced that Arlington resident Chris Niles has joined the firm as a director in the government relations practice.
“We are happy to welcome Chris to O’Neill and Associates as a director in the government relations practice,” said Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. O’Neill, III. “His skills and political background make him an important addition to our team.”
Previously, Mr. Niles served as Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). There, he supervised staff members and the political, policy and communications, workforce development, and administrative departments. In that time, Mr. Niles helped to develop the Labor 2012 political plan, initiated a strategic planning process, and managed the recent leadership transition.
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Niles served as Chief of Staff to Senate Assistant Majority Leader Steven A. Tolman, the current AFL–CIO President. He coordinated legislative policy, media strategy, community outreach, and constituent service casework for the office and was the primary political counsel to the Senator. With a particular focus on substance abuse issues, Chris played an important role in the 2009 State OxyContin and Heroin Commission and a subsequent omnibus bill. As Legislative Director for Senator Tolman, Mr. Niles administered all aspects of the Senator’s legislative portfolio, policy initiatives and budget priorities. He also wrote speeches and official correspondence while researching new policy initiatives. He handled constituent service casework, worked on district projects and issues, and represented the Senator at community meetings.
Mr. Niles received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where he was a member of the History Honors Society and the Political Science Honors Society.