Michelle Wu is the current mayor of Boston, MA sworn in November 16th, 2021. Her swearing-in was historic as the first woman and person of color to be elected as Mayor. Previously she was the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Boston City Council being elected in November 2013 at the age of 28. In her second term, she was unanimously elected as President of the City Council in January of 2016, becoming the first woman of color to hold that role. As a former restaurant owner, legal services attorney, and legal guardian of her younger sister, Councilor Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face.
Wu was the lead sponsor in Boston’s Paid Parental Leave ordinance and Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity — both of which passed unanimously through the Council and were signed into law by Mayor Martin Walsh. Councilor Wu got her start in City Hall working for Mayor Thomas M. Menino in the Mayor’s Office as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy, where she created the Restaurant Roadmap guide, which for the first time outlined in one place the city’s restaurant permitting process from start to finish, and was also a driving force to launch Boston’s food truck program. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in the U.S. Senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren before being elected to office. Michelle Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She lives in Boston with her husband Conor and her son Blaise.
Michelle Wu’s Ideas
Through a college completion initiative program, Success Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu, and 15 higher education institutions in Massachusetts are committed to reaching a 70% college completion rate for Boston Public Schools district graduates
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu recently filed a home rule petition that expands access to city contracts for Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprise (WMBEs) which have been historically underrepresented in contract procurement.
Mayor Wu will invest over half a million dollars to provide training for green and mobility jobs for individuals experiencing homelessness, residents recently released from incarceration, women, and people of color.