Nikko Mendoza is a skilled communicator and convener who has applied her experience in community engagement, communications and policy to champion causes affecting the public good. She’s currently the Undersecretary and Chief of Staff for the MA Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities. In her past role as State Director for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Nikko led the Senator’s work in Massachusetts to level the playing field for working families and pursue a government that works for everyone. She oversaw constituent services, external engagement and outreach, policy development and political strategy in the Commonwealth. Nikko has served in senior roles inside and outside of government, notably at 1199SEIU Massachusetts, Boston 2024 and the administrations of former Governor Deval Patrick and the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Nikko has also worked on numerous political campaigns at the municipal, state and federal levels and was elected as a Congressional District Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 2008 and 2012. Born in the Philippines and raised in New Jersey, Nikko lives in Roslindale and is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Bread, a statewide organization committed to breaking the cycle of hunger in Massachusetts. She holds a B.S. in communication from Boston University.