City Councilor Michelle Wu

 Councilor Michelle Wu BHCHP Emerging Leaders Board speaker series
Speaker Series presented by the Emerging Leaders Board | Sponsored by Novartis

June 14th | 6:00PM | Hatch Fenway | 401 Park Dr, Boston, MA 02215

Michelle Wu has been a voice for progressive leadership in the City of Boston, and a champion for inclusion and opportunity for all residents. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28 as an At-Large Councilor, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President. Today, she serves as the Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation, as well as the Chair of the Committee on Census and Redistricting.

Councilor Wu was the lead sponsor of Boston's Paid Parental Leave ordinance, Healthcare Equity ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, and Communications Access ordinance, guaranteeing translation, interpretation, and assistive technology for access to city services regardless of English language proficiency or communications disability. She also authored the City’s Community Choice Energy authorization order, enabling Boston to switch residents and small businesses to an alternate electricity contract with higher renewable energy content through municipal aggregation. Councilor Wu has advocated for comprehensive and collaborative transportation policies that improve safety and economic opportunity, as well as address the urgent challenges posed by climate change.
Councilor Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, and lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor, and their two young sons.

The Speaker Series is an initiative of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Emerging Leaders Board. The Speaker Series brings together civic-minded young professionals in the Greater Boston Area through open-dialogue and conversation with leaders in the healthcare, government and business sectors. Although the topics will vary, speakers will highlight how these areas intersect with philanthropy to shape the City of Boston.

Thanks to our generous sponsor Novartis this event is free, although space is limited. Please register below. 


For questions about the Speaker Series please contact Catherine Minahan at

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