About Representative Gouveia

Career & Volunteer Activities

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As a public health social work professional for almost 20 years, Representative Gouveia has been an effective advocate and catalyst for change. Early in her career the Representative conducted environmental policy research and spearheaded several public health initiatives, bringing people from various backgrounds together to implement policies and programs to promote adolescent health and wellness. For eight years, she served as a Program Specialist and Director of Programs at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, MA where she planned and executed programs to prevent youth substance abuse and addiction, particularly in the area of opioids.

In 2007, she founded and, for five years, chaired the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention. Representative Gouveia’s ability to partner with diverse stakeholders was key to the coalition’s success in securing $1 million in funding to address the opioid crisis.

As Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass, Representative Gouveia advocated for statewide legislation to protect youth from tobacco industry tactics. She was an early player in negotiating An Act Protecting Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction signed into the law in 2018. Currently, the Representative stays connected to local work as a Senior Project Consultant at The Rippel Foundation where she serves as a thought partner to several research and field-based initiatives nationwide.


Representative Gouveia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in 1996, where she majored in politics and minored in women’s studies. She received both her Master of Social Work and her Master of Public Health from Boston University where she is currently studying opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.

Family and Community


In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Representative Gouveia founded and co-organized the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. The Representative brought together 10,000 women and allies to descend on Washington D.C. in January of 2017 to stand in support of justice and democracy.

Representative Gouveia has also served on the Acton Nursing Services Committee, is currently a member of the Acton Democratic Town Committee, League of Women Voters, the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Acton-Stow, and the Acton Rotary Club, among various statewide organizations.

Representative Gouveia was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts and is the daughter of two small business owners who recently retired. She now lives in Acton with her two teenage sons, Cam and Joey, and pets, Papaya and Tater Tot.