Paul Belsito ’00 Named Executive Assistant for Government and Community Relations

Worcester native Paul Belsito has joined Assumption as the new executive assistant for government and community relations, a position that reports directly to President Francesco Cesareo. Belsito, who graduated from Assumption in 2000, brings extensive government and community relations experience to his new post.

“We’re delighted to welcome Paul back to Assumption, where he will focus on strengthening and broadening our relationships with local, state and federal government entities, among other responsibilities,” President Cesareo said. “Paul’s first-hand knowledge of Assumption and the Worcester community, as well as the breadth of local, state and national political and community action experience he brings to the job, make this an ideal fit for him and for the College. In this position, he will interact daily with public officials and community leaders, identify new partnerships, and address issues at all levels of government that affect the College.”

While Belsito has held several positions with financial institutions, since his student years he has assumed pivotal roles in high-profile political campaigns, including those of U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern and Lt. Governor Timothy Murray. In 2002, Belsito worked to galvanize local support throughout Central Massachusetts and the Metro West area for U.S. Senator John Kerry’s presidential bid by working with elected officials and area activists, and expanding and managing an expansive volunteer base.

In 2004, Belsito managed all aspects of State Senator Edward M. Augustus, Jr.’s successful political campaign by establishing and sustaining relationships and support with local officials and contingency groups. He later served as district director for the state senator for three years.

Belsito also has an extensive record of service to the Worcester community as a member of local governing boards and committees, including the Emerald Club of Worcester, Oak Hill Community Development, ACORN Housing and the Worcester Parks and Recreation Commission. For the past six months, Belsito has led the Worcester Tree Initiative, a coalition of federal, state and local governments, the business community, environmental activists, civic groups and individuals working on a 30,000-tree, five-year education and tree-planting effort. The group announced in April that it plans to restore and maintain the diverse urban forest that has been decimated, for a variety of reasons, in Worcester’s many neighborhoods and in nearby towns.

Belsito lives in Shrewsbury with his wife, Christie Bik-Belsito.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews