Patricia Tully expects her new role as executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will allow her to draw on all aspects of her extensive professional career, which includes a 17-year stint working for the British government in Puerto Rico.
“I’m looking forward to fulfilling what I feel is a perfect synthesis of my past experiences, including my architectural and design background and my strong consulate work, which involved customer service, and listening to and resolving people’s issues,” said Tully, who starts in the position on Jan. 4. “I hope to be an effective liaison between the community and local and state governments.”
A native of Melrose, Tully gained firsthand knowledge of architecture as a high school and college student working for her father Daniel F. Tully, the renowned local architect who designed Boston College’s Flynn Recreation Complex. She went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in arts history and later studied at Boston Architectural Center and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Tully worked in the architectural and design fields after earning her undergraduate degree, which eventually brought her to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1997, Tully began working as a trade and consular officer for the United Kingdom in Puerto Rico, overseeing British business interests and attending to its citizens encountering difficulties abroad, among other duties. She was awarded an Honorary MBE (Member of the British Empire) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for this work in 2005.
“This honor made evident to me that my true passion is to help other in need, and it is a lifetime distinction that I carry close to my heart,” Tully said.
Since stepping down from the consulate position in 2014 to return to her home state of Massachusetts, Tully has worked as a consultant for architects, engineers and contractors, as well as for water and energy infrastructure-development companies. She also launched an online retail business, which imports handmade jewelry from Spain.
Today, Tully lives in the West End with her husband Jose Martinez, and is a mother to four grown children and grandmother to one. She is active in the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum and anticipates becoming more involved in the neighborhood in her new position.
. “I look forward to having an open door and meeting as many of my neighbors as possible,” she said.