Mystic Valley (Medford)
“I’m in this world now. I only have a certain amount of time here. Can the world be that much better because I was in it? If that means being kind to someone, holding a door open, using the skills I’ve had the privilege to obtain because my parents work hard… I am privileged to be in this position of being a builder in community to say how this next generation can get further.”
Neil Osborne, born in England, the child of Jamaican parents, is an immigrant and came to the United States in 1969. Once in the U.S., his family became residents of Medford. He is a proud graduate of the Medford Public School system, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Suffolk University Law School.
He currently serves as Medford’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, he actively participates in multiple steering and advisory committees, including Medford Conversations, the Medford Housing Taskforce, and the Melrose Wakefield Health Care Community Benefits Advisory Committee. Additionally, Neil hosted and mentored the first youth to participate in ABCD’s SummerWorks program in the Mystic Valley region.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Diversity by Mayor of Medford Stephanie M. Burke, Neil operated his own law office. The Law Offices of Neil Osborne primarily represented Plaintiffs in discrimination matters. He became actively involved in community work while he was still in private practice when he became involved with the Mystic Valley NAACP. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Neil’s community involvement includes prior and current service with a plethora of local organizations, including: Mystic Valley Elder Services; Medford Health Matters; the Arlington MLK Jr. Celebration Committee; the West Medford Baptist Church; the West Medford Community Center; the Medford High School Alumni Association and many others.