“I am honored to represent the Third Plymouth District. I care about people. I value resident engagement. I appreciate hearing about the ideas, issues, and initiatives that are important to you, and to our community.”
Rep. Joan Meschino represents the Third Plymouth District, which includes the communities of Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and North Scituate. Joan serves on the Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy Committee; the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee; the Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, and the House Post Audit & Oversight Committee. Joan has also been appointed to the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and the Ocean Advisory Commission.
Joan is an experienced, qualified leader with a proven record of accomplishment that ranges from her leadership on the South Shore to advocacy for progressive causes across Massachusetts.
Many residents know Joan from her years of public service across the South Shore. Joan was elected to two terms as a Selectman in Hull and served on numerous town boards and committees, as well as regional boards and statewide commissions. Most recently she served on the Hull Capital Outlay Committee. She served as Hull’s representative to the Metropolitan Beaches Commission for ten years. Joan served as Hull’s representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and was elected by her peers to its Executive Committee for ten years.
Joan is a seasoned nonprofit executive and social justice advocate. She began her legal career in criminal defense and civil rights law. The majority of her time in private practice was spent as a transactional attorney in health care settings, until she transitioned to nonprofit leadership and public service. Most recently, she served as Executive Director for the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., a public interest law center that promotes equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents. Under her leadership and management, Massachusetts Appleseed's influence and impact in access to justice policy increased dramatically.
Joan has been a leader in the legal community as well as in her local community. She was honored with a "2014 Top Women in Law" award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She was strong advocate during her service on the Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Section Council. A longtime active member of the Women’s Bar Association, Joan is a member of its Emeritus Board.
A lifelong resident of the district, Joan and her husband live in Hull. Joan grew up in Hull and worked summers on her father’s lobster boat to pay for college. Joan graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English, and earned her J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Pierce Law).
District mailing address: PO Box 523, Hull, MA 02045.