District Attorney Rollins Announces New Executive Staffers

BOSTON, April 12, 2019—Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins this week announced three new additions to her executive team, bringing three highly experienced professionals to key positions within the office.

District Attorney Rollins welcomed the following new hires to the office:

  • Ava Callender Concepcion, Director of Government Affairs

Once a Suffolk County victim-witness advocate, Ms. Callender Concepcion returns to the office from her position as Counsel to State Senator William N. Brownsberger, one of the key architects of last year’s criminal justice reform bill. Prior to that, she worked in the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, the U.S. Congress, and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. She is graduate of New England Law School and Johnson C. Smith University. 

  • Ricky Grant, Chief of Community Engagement

The former director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, Mr. Grant most recently served as Deputy Director for Youth Options Unlimited, where he managed the development and implementation of programming for case management services, transitional employment and career services, alternative education and out-of-school youth programs in collaboration with the City of Boston, community groups, and law enforcement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and brings 17 years of experience in programs supporting various underserved communities throughout Boston.

  • Charlene Luma, Chief of Victim-Witness Advocates

Ms. Luma is a clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience working with high-risk individuals in Boston, including as Program Director at the SMART team Boston Trauma Response. A program of the Justice Resource Institute, the SMART team provides trauma response services to those impacted by homicides and violent crimes in Boston. Charlene received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. She is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management & Leadership Core program at Boston University.

“Ms. Callender Concepcion, Mr. Grant, and Ms. Luma have extensive careers in public service and are committed to raising the quality of service we provide to the people and neighborhoods of Suffolk County,” District Attorney Rollins said. “I’m confident they will help us move the office forward, both in our core mission of advocacy and in shaping criminal justice policy.”

District Attorney Rollins directed prospective employees to her office’s newly-revamped website for ongoing employment opportunities available to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. For more information, visit https://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/jobs-and-internships.

Renee Algarin