The following news release comes from Michelle Wu, who has announced her candidacy for Boston City Council At-Large. Ms. Wu previously lived in the North End and was the legal guardian for a younger sister who went to the Eliot School. She says, “The North End has a special place in my heart, and I look forward to campaigning there over the next year.”
Michelle Wu to file for Boston City Council At-Large
South End resident looks to bring innovation to all neighborhoods
Community advocate Michelle Wu filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance today as a candidate for one of Boston’s four At-Large City Council seats.
Michelle, 27, is an attorney and former law student of U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. Michelle most recently worked full-time on the Warren campaign, where she directed statewide outreach to communities of color. In this role, she served as liaison to the many diverse communities in Boston as well as in the Gateway Cities of the Commonwealth.
Prior to the Warren campaign, Michelle worked for Mayor Thomas M. Menino in the Mayor’s Office at the City of Boston as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. At City Hall, she created the Restaurant Roadmap guide (available on the City of Boston website), which for the first time outlined in one place the city’s restaurant permitting process from start to finish. Michelle was also a driving force behind the Food Truck Challenge, which launched three new food trucks on City Hall Plaza.
Michelle has a background in community advocacy, having worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, providing legal advice to low-income small business owners. She also worked at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence. Michelle serves on the boards of the Kwong Kow Chinese School in Chinatown and the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, and she is part of the RoxVote coalition in Roxbury.
As a City Councilor, Michelle intends to use her background working with diverse communities to bring new ideas to city government.
“In Boston, we can lead globally by innovating locally,” Michelle said. “Innovation shouldn’t be associated solely with the Seaport, but should also define our neighborhood schools, community health centers, and Main Street Districts.”
Michelle graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She lives in the South End with her husband Conor and her two sisters – Sherelle, a student at Suffolk University, and Victoria, a student at Boston Latin School.