John Drinkwater

City Council
Title: Councilor
Phone: 978-674-4040
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John first moved to Lowell in 2002 to attend UMass Lowell, where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Regional Economic & Social Development. Upon graduating, John and his future-wife, Julie, spent time living in Pawtucketville, the Acre, Downtown, and now live in Belvidere where they are raising three children who are in or soon-to-be-entering the Lowell Public Schools.

In 2006, John began working as an intern for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the state’s largest umbrella organization for labor, representing over 400,000 unionized workers throughout Massachusetts. He’s remained with the organization ever since, serving in roles including Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in which he helped to pass pro-worker legislation including protections for temporary workers, a domestic workers’ bill of rights, and a higher minimum wage. Currently, John serves as the Senior Workforce Development Specialist and assists with the AFL-CIO’s Dislocated Worker Assistance Program and efforts to provide training opportunities and career pathways to incumbent, under-employed and unemployed workers.


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