Marjorie comes to the table with a life-long history of political involvement in public service. As a volunteer for the early campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry before she ran successfully for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, she served for three terms before running for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts. After a narrow loss, Marjorie found a home in radio and television, hosting "Clapprood & Whitley" on WRKO radio, "The Marjorie Clapprood Show" on New England Cable News (named best public service programming in New England) and "Clapprood Live!" on Lifetime Television. She subsequently consulted for AOL Time Warner's Teen Action Campaign, Jane Doe Inc (the Mass Assn Against Domestic Violence), Codman Square Health Center, Sportsmen's Tennis Club and many other leading organizations in Greater Boston before forming Clapprood Associates that later became Clappazzola Partners, after Chris Spinazzola, partner in life and all things professional and political, joined in the effort, and Clappazzola was born.
Chris was also a student of public service, but one that started with a stint in VISTA, then the District Attorney in Boston, before landing in the State House working for the Committee on Ways and Means Chairman, Rep Richard Voke. The son of Anthony Spinazzola, much loved food and wine critic for the Boston Globe, Chris found himself taking on his father's love of food and wine when Anthony died all too young in his 50's, and Chris formed the Anthony Spinazzola Foundation with his family. Chris went on to run the Spinazzola Festival of Food & Wine for 22 years, attracting 5,000+ guests, 130 VIP celebrity chefs and 130 vintners from around the Globe each year, raising $1M in one night affectionately called the "Prom for Grown-ups", funds that went to hunger relief and homelessness programs throughout New England. Spinazzola's in Framingham was one of several restaurants Chris ran before joining Marjorie in her consulting business, thereby bringing the "zola" half to Clappazzola Partners.
John comes to CP from Emerson College where he majored in Mass Communications. Having worked in Boston radio for years at WBZ, WHDH, and WEEI, John brings a wealth of media knowledge to CP. John was the media consultant for the Walden Woods Project during his tenure at the Rendon Group. As a marketing representative with the Spinazzola Foundation, he was the media relations contact for the Anthony Spinazzola Food & Wine Gala. John is an event planner and video consultant for CP. He brings 10 years of event management to every project, large or small.
Brent is has been working with CP for almost fourteen years. He has a diverse background having worked in nightclubs, restaurants, functions and theatre. Known for his "out of the box" thinking, he helps take every event to the next level. Specializing in the technical aspects, he can often be found dealing with web sites, decorating, lighting, video, sound equipment and restaurant consulting.