Michelle Wu has been a voice for accessibility, transparency, and community engagement in city leadership.
Growing up as the oldest of four children, Michelle saw through her immigrant parents’ eyes the invisible barriers – language, cultural, social, and economic — that families face. Through hard work and a great public school education, Michelle got a scholarship to study at Harvard College, where she fell in love with Boston. As a college student, she spent most of her free time volunteering in Boston’s Chinatown, taking the Red Line back and forth across the Charles River. After graduation, she moved to the North End and started working as a consultant in Boston’s Financial District.
But then life changed suddenly when her mother began to struggle with serious mental illness. At the age of 23, Michelle became primary caretaker for her mom and two younger sisters. She opened and ran a small family restaurant to help support her family. Eventually, Michelle was admitted to Harvard Law School and brought her family with her back to Boston. While studying, she helped her mom access the world-class health care in Boston, sent one sister to college and became legal guardian for her youngest sister, who graduated from Boston Public Schools…
Boston City Council meeting – April 12, 2017: FY 2018 Budget, Surplus City Parcels, Urban Renewal Progress Update, Immigrant Defense Fund, Early Education and Childcare–Childcare Funding Mechanisms, Shelter Recovery Beds, Winthrop Square Project, Memorial Hero Square
Boston City Council meeting – April 5, 2017: Boston Police School Traffic Supervisors Association, Housing Data, Parking Reserve Fund, Overcoming the Odds Program, MSBA Facility Upgrade, Needle Disposal, Violence in Boston, Residential Property Exemptions, Massachusetts Safe Communities Act, Educator of the Year Award, Council Chamber Accessibility Project
Boston City Council meeting – March 29, 2017: MSBA Facility Upgrade, Plastic Bag Ban, Special Education Equitable Transitions, Early Education and Childcare Policy Briefing–Community-Based Providers, Shelter Recovery Beds, Fenway Cultural District, Urban Renewal Progress Update, MSBA Facilities Upgrades
Boston City Council meeting – March 22, 2017: Nomination Papers, Solitary Confinement, Recruiting & Retaining Educators of Color
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