MA-04: Jake Auchincloss (D)
After graduating from the Newton Public Schools and Harvard College, Jake Auchincloss served as a captain in the United States Marines.
Auchincloss commanded infantry in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2012 and a reconnaissance unit in Panama in 2014.
In Helmand, he led combat patrols through villages contested by the Taliban. In Panama, his team of elite reconnaissance Marines partnered with Colombian special operations to train the Panamanian Public Forces in drug interdiction tactics.
After returning home, Auchincloss wanted to continue service at the local level. He was elected to the Newton City Council in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019. He is now the chair of the transportation and public safety committee, where he drives the city council’s agenda on police reform and improving public transportation.
Auchincloss worked at a cybersecurity startup that protected small businesses from online threats, and then as a senior manager at Liberty Mutual’s innovation lab. At Liberty Mutual, Jake helped orient the Fortune 100 company towards risk solutions for a greener transportation system, in which transit, walking, and cycling are viable options to cars.
Auchincloss has written extensively on state and local policy at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Project on Municipal Innovation, as a contributing writer for CommonWealth and WBUR, and as the author of his own local newsletter.
He was selected for the governor’s Better Government Transition Committee in 2014. He has an MBA in Finance from MIT Sloan.
Auchincloss lives in Newtonville, Mass., with his wife, Michelle, their son and their Labrador Retriever.