Ludlow School Committee Member 2009 - present
Chair, Ludlow Democratic Town Committee 2008 - present
President, Massachusetts Association of School Committees 2016
Ludlow Town Meeting Member 2005 - 2009
Jake was educated entirely through the public education system. He is a third-generation Ludlow High School graduate (2004) and an alumnus of Framingham State University, where he earned a degree in Government (2008). While at Framingham State, Oliveira served three years as an elected member of the campus Board of Trustees, and as a student member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the state’s colleges and universities. During his time as a student leader, Jake was a founding member of PHENOM - the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, which advocates for higher education at the State House.
Jake at his Ludlow HS graduation in 2004 with his sister, Georgie; Mom, Carol; and Dad, Rich.
Jake delivering remarks to the class of 2008 his college commencement at Framingham
Jake was elected to the Ludlow School Committee in 2009 and has served for 11 years. He has distinguished himself as a fierce advocate for public education. He has persistently fought for educational equity -- a priority of his when he served as chair of the Ludlow School Committee Policy Subcommittee and while he served as the School Committee’s legislative liaison. He also serves as Ludlow’s representative to the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, which provides the district’s vocational programs and student transportation for seven school districts. Jake rose through the ranks of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to become the youngest President of this statewide organization in 2016. As President, Jake partnered with school committee members from across Massachusetts to lead the fight against Question 2, which would have further expanded charter schools without local approval. He was a member of the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee, which meets monthly with the Governor or Lieutenant Governor to discuss issues impacting cities and towns in Massachusetts. At the national level, Oliveira has represented the eleven states of the Northeast on the National School Boards Association’s board of directors since 2015. Through these roles, Jake has become a leader at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
In his professional career, Jake serves as the Assistant Executive Officer of the Massachusetts State Universities Council of Presidents, which represents the interests of the nine state universities. While at the Council of Presidents, Jake has helped implement the legislative strategy that changed the name of seven of the then-state colleges to state universities.
Jake understands the workings and power dynamics of the State House, having worked there early in his career as the legislative director for then-State Representative Michael Rodrigues, who is now the Chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
Jake campaigning for school committee with his uncle Russ Oliveira
Delivering the keynote address at the Harold E. Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner, 2018
Leading the fight to include gender identity as a protected class before the National School Boards Associaiton in 2018
At Home in Ludlow
A fourth-generation Ludlow resident, Jake is proud of his Portuguese and Polish roots. He would be the first Portuguese-American elected to the legislature from this district. Jake is currently Chair of the Ludlow Democratic Town Committee (12 years); a former elected Ludlow precinct member (2005-2009); a member of the LUSO Federal Credit Union advisory committee; and a former eighth-grade CCD teacher. Jake lives on East Street in Ludlow next door to his grandmother Lena Oliveira.
Jake's immediate family members are all proud graduates of Ludlow High School - his sister Georgina (2011), Mom Carol (1971), grandmother Lena (1943), and Dad Richard (1967). Family is very important to Jake, and he credits his dad, Ludlow High School math teacher Rich Oliveira, for instilling his passion for public education.