Robert J. Dolan has been Mayor of Melrose since 2002. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1989 and received a BA in Political Science from Fordham University in 1993 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Northeastern University in 1998.
Before becoming mayor, Dolan focused on health care administration and housing for senior citizens. His first professional experience was as Supervisor of Case Management of Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop Elder Services. Managing case managers and clients, he got a first hand look at the operations and funding of vital community based programs that serve elders.
From CRW Home Care, Dolan joined the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) team as the Housing and Community Services Director. At EBNHC, he coordinated the development of three abandoned properties into HUD 202 housing with supportive services for Boston elders and people with disabilities. Coordinated through the EBNHC PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care for Elders), this supportive housing has been a model for other national programs as an answer for "affordable assisted living." In 1999, Dolan became Assistant Executive Director at Parkside, a Chicago-based private development firm specializing in assisted living and retirement community development and consulting, where he specialized in operations and start up development in the New England region.
Dolan was a member of the Melrose School Committee from 1994 to 1998. From 1998-2002 he served on the Board of Aldermen as Alderman-At-Large, and he was President of the Board in 2001. In November 2001 he was elected Mayor of Melrose. Dolan and his wife Alison, his son Ryan, and his daughter Kiley reside in Melrose.