Aaron and his 3 younger siblings spent their entire youth in Watertown actively participating in youth sports and programs. Before WHS, Aaron attended the Phillips and the Hosmer-East Jr. High schools. Throughout his high school years, he was a part-time employee at local businesses while also participating in the high school basketball, chess (division champs!) and soccer teams. Additionally, Aaron was repeatedly elected to serve on the Inter-Departamental Studies leadership committee while supporting the HS drama club backstage.
After high school, he commuted to Boston’s Suffolk University to earn his Bachelor’s degree. It was at this time that Aaron’s life dedication to public service began to show. He worked through his time as an undergraduate at Boys & Girls Clubs on an indian reservation in South Dakota and in Watertown. He spent many summers working with youth at Camp Hale, NH and worked as an English teacher at an orphanage in Ecuador.
After Suffolk, Aaron spent 3 years overseas serving in the US Peace Corps. He was assigned to work in community development in a small and diverse population. His work there focused on infrastructure development, political advocacy, health education, natural resource conservation and tree-planting. His time in the Peace Corps taught him about building consensus through shared objectives and embracing diversity. Living in a poverty-stricken country opened his eyes to another scale of injustice and inequality on our planet. He also became a fluent Spanish-speaker.
As a graduate student, Aaron applied GIS technologies in mapping to community engagement in land-use decisions. He continued with that work at Winrock International where he built a successful GIS program in the institution in Washington, DC and in Amherst, MA. He took his current position at NRCS in 2008. At NRCS he was selected to participate in a 2-year program called the Emerging Leadership Development Program (ELDP). This program took Aaron to DC every-other month for week-long seminars with the faculty of George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and he graduated from that program in 2013.
Soon after transferring to NRCS’ office in Westford, the Dushku’s were able to relocated back to Watertown.
Aaron served on the town’s stormwater advisory committee, working long hours on the early versions of the currently-pending town stormwater ordinance. He is also a member of the First Parish community and, until 2013, served as chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Aaron’s ongoing work at First Parish includes the successful organization of a local team in the annual Charles River Earth Day Clean-up. For almost a decade, Aaron was also an active supporter and board-member of Boston’s Camp Hale Alumni Association. He was instrumental in helping them to incorporate girls’ programming after 111 years of being an all-boys summer camp.
In 2013, Aaron was elected by a wide margin to the seat of At-Large Town Councilor in Watertown and he topped the ticket again in his 2015 re-election campaign. He served diligently and with an energetic commitment to citizen communication and responsiveness but in mid-2017, he announced that he would not seek a 3rd term so that he could spend more time with his family. His 2nd term ended on December 31, 2017. Aaron continues to follow Watertown politics and new developments about town. He is a regular contributor to discussions with the existing Town Council and staff and may someday return for another run.
Aaron's extended family in this town includes,
- His mother, Judy Dushku
- His in-law's, Oswaldo Santos and Deysi Batista
- His wife, Arlenin Perez Dushku or 'Leni', a medical grants research administrator in Boston
- His son, Kyle, WHS Class of 2015 and young professional
- His daughter, Sofia, high school student, track and field and soccer player
- His son, Jovan ('JoJo'), elementary school student, baseball, soccer and piano enthusiast
It sometimes takes us time to realize that no tree can grow tall and prosper without a strong root structure. After many travels and experiences, this family is happy to have returned to their roots in Watertown and we’re stronger than ever for it!