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Ernani DeAraujo ‘08L Receives Emerging Leader Award from Community Health Organization

Ernani DeAraujo, a member of the law class of 2008 and general counsel at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC), was named an Emerging Leader by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, part of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

A life-long resident of East Boston, except for his time at W&L Law, DeAraujo has served this community in several capacities. Prior to joining EBNHC, where he is also compliance manager, he was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s community liaison to East Boston. DeAraujo practiced in the business department of the law firm Foley Hoag LLP before joining the Mayor’s office, which he left in 2012.

Each year, the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health honors young professionals currently working in community health. According to an article in the East Boston Times-Free Press, DeAraujo was nominated by EBNHC to receive the honor because he exemplifies the mission and vision of Dr. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, pioneers of the community health movement.

A graduate of the Boston Latin School and Harvard, DeAraujo served as a White House Intern for Presidents Clinton in 2000 and Bush in 2001, and after graduating from Harvard in 2003, worked as an investment banker with JPMorgan Securities, Inc. in New York and Texas.

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