About Doug

Doug Gutro has the education, municipal experience, and during his 26 years of service in the federal government he has cultivated relationships at the all levels of government: federal, state, and local levels necessary to serve our city well as its next mayor.

Doug is the only candidate with degrees in business management and public management earning his Bachelors Degree at UMass Boston and Graduate Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in State and Local Government from Suffolk University.  

As a life long Quincy resident, Doug has served Quincy as a city councilor for the past 14 years: 10 as Ward 5 councilor representing neighborhoods in Wollaston and Quincy Center and 4 as Councilor At Large.

Doug and his wife, Sue, live in Wollaston where they are raising their two boys. Brian and Scott both attend Quincy public schools.

Doug began his public service career over 26 years ago working for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England regional office.  He leads a Government and community relations team who work closely with federal and state agencies, members of Congress, Governors, and Mayors and Town leaders throughout New England on some of the most pressing environmental and public health issues in the region. For more than 15 years, he has been an integral part of the EPA’s nationwide Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) through which he’s helped local leaders have a voice in agency issues and share best practices among cities

He is recognized as a leader across the state on municipal issues. Since 2008, Doug has served on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Board of Directors.  MMA is a statewide trade association that works on behalf of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. In that capacity he has represented Quincy's interests before the Governor, Lt. Governor and countless state leaders. 

Doug has served as a member of the State Legislatures Metropolitan Beaches Commission, who advocate for improvements to beaches and state lands in municipalities from Nahant to Hull: including Quincy's Wollaston Beach.  He founded the Friends of Wollaston Beach, has chaired the Wollaston Beach Task force, served as Vice Chair of the Quincy Beaches and Coastal Commission, and served as a member of the Quincy Park Improvement Committee. 

Doug is an adjunct professor of public administration at Suffolk University. As a teacher of masters-level public administration students, he has mentored hundreds of rising young professionals who are going on to serve their own communities, too. In other words, he has made a professional and academic career networking with others to solve local government problems.

(Read Doug’s account of his experience as part of a 10-member Massachusetts delegation to exchange approaches to ethics, transparency, service delivery, and government decision making with Pakistani public administrators.)

Locally, Doug began volunteering for the Ward 5 Community Association as its first President in 1997.  On the Quincy City Council, Doug has been a leading voice for working men and women of Quincy. Doug has led the council as its Chairman of the Downtown and Economic Development Committee, advocating for increased transparency in the city's revitalization effort.  He is also former Chairman of the Veterans Committee, where he advocated for Quincy’s veterans and seniors.

In recent years, Doug has served as a proud member of the South Shore’s DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) Board of Directors, Trustee of the Boston Harbor Association and is a member of many civic and charitable organizations across the city.

Doug is a graduate of North Quincy High School, has a Bachelors of Science in Management from University of Massachusetts – Boston, and a Masters of Public Administration (concentration in state and local government) from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.


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