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Meet Greg Henning

Greg Henning has lived in Boston nearly his entire life and has proven himself a trusted prosecutor, leader, and mentor in the community he’s served for over twelve years.

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, prosecuting a variety of cases ranging from low-level misdemeanors to murders. Greg’s courtroom prowess and leadership abilities led him to be appointed as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force in 2008. He rose through the ranks of the office, and was most recently named Supervisor of the Gang Unit in 2016, heading a team of attorneys focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. During his time as a prosecutor, Greg has received the Outstanding District Court Prosecutor Award and the Brian J. Honan Award for Excellence in the Courtroom and in the Communities We Serve.

Amidst his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people. In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law to over 100 students. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of their lives and a father figure for many of the kids.

His mentoring has also taken him to correctional facilities throughout Massachusetts, where he visits former defendants and assists them with the transition to life after their release.

He grew up playing baseball in Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the North End, Roxbury, and Dorchester. His mother, Betsy, who died in 2008, was a stay at home mom raising Greg and his older brother. His father, John, who died in 2010, was a long-time reporter for several Boston television stations. Because of his father’s work, Greg was drawn to civic issues and public service at an early age.

Greg graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, then received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin working as an assistant district attorney in 2006.

Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.