Setti was elected Mayor of Newton in 2009. In 1996, he joined the Clinton White House where he ultimately served as Special Assistant in the Office of Cabinet Affairs. In this capacity, Setti worked repeatedly across organizational lines, bringing diverse groups together to accomplish the President’s agenda. In 1997, Setti was awarded the Human Rights Award in recognition of his outstanding work as Vice-Chair of the City of Newton’s Foundation for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Equality. In March 2000, Setti was appointed New England Director of FEMA where he managed a large staff and worked closely with local mayors, members of Congress, and governors to administer vital FEMA programs and deliver resources to cities and towns throughout New England. Setti knows what it takes at times of crisis to answer the call and deliver essential services to those who require them. After serving as National Trip Director for Senator Kerry’s presidential campaign, Setti served as Deputy State Director for the Office of Sen. Kerry in Massachusetts, working as the Senator’s point person on small business and economic development. In this role, he was responsible for bringing federal assistance to cities and towns across the Commonwealth, connecting countless business owners to loans and vital resources, and bringing federal funding to cities and towns across Massachusetts. Continuing his family’s tradition of military service, Setti enlisted in the Navy Reserve after 9/11, and in 2008 he completed a year-long tour of duty in Iraq as a Navy Intelligence Specialist.