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 – February 8, 2017: Trust Act Reporting, Reprecincting, Boston Police Cadet Program, Immigrant Defense Fund, Special Committee on Civil Rights, Student Assignment
Boston City Council Meeting – February 1, 2017: FY2016 Budget, Sanctuary Schools, City Council Communications Assistant
Boston City Council Meeting – January 25, 2017: Boston Public Library Trustees, Boston Art Commission, Boards and Commissions, Inclusionary Development Policy, Affordable Housing Project, Universal Pre-K, Urban Renewal Minor Modifications, Boston Residents Jobs Policy, BPS Grade Configurations, BPS Residency Requirement, Homeless Census, Community Choice Aggregaton, Early Education and Childcare Briefings, Equality Act, Police and Fire Residency Preference, Overcoming the Odds Program, Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel, College and University Engagement, Human Trafficking Awareness Day
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