Martin J. Walsh, 54th Mayor of the City of Boston

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Voices in Leadership During Crises: Mayor Marty Walsh

Live webcast was streamed on our Facebook and on Voices in Leadership website on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 11:00 – 11:30 AM ET.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently declared racism a public health crisis, responding to glaring racial inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and massive protests against police abuse that he said served as a call to action. He seeks to transfer 20% (approx. $12 million) of police overtime budget to social services. Join us to hear from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday, June 24th from 11-11:30 AM ET to hear more about what this funding transfer will look like, and the role of public health in this specific plan to uproot systemic racism. Moderated by Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, is the City’s 54th mayor. Mayor Walsh was sworn in to serve a second term on January 1, 2018. 

Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has focused on strengthening Boston’s schools, adding hundreds of high-quality pre-kindergarten seats, funding extended learning time and advanced curriculum at more schools, and securing tuition-free community college for Boston Public Schools graduates.

The Mayor has led Boston to the forefront of the global innovation economy, by attracting industry-leading private sector employers, upgrading the City’s digital infrastructure, and using technology to transform government services — from a parking meter payment app to a new City website.

At the same time, he has created powerful tools for low-income workers, including a “learn and earn” job apprenticeship program and an Office of Financial Empowerment. He is the founding vice-chair of the Cities of Opportunity Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, elevating the national conversation on income inequality.

The Walsh Administration has addressed the tremendous need for housing in the City with an ambitious plan, setting records for new affordable and middle-class homes. In addition, it has built a state-of- the-art homeless shelter and gotten the City on a path to effectively ending chronic homelessness.

The Administration has been hailed by President Obama for expanding young people’s opportunities and breaking new ground in crime prevention and police-community relations.

Other milestones include the nation’s first municipal Office of Recovery Services to prevent and treat substance abuse; the City’s first Cultural Plan in a generation, to restore Boston’s identity as an arts leader; and, in a sign of strong fiscal management and economic policy, the City’s first perfect AAA bond ratings, unlocking unprecedented investments in parks, libraries, and public safety.

Finally, the Mayor has invited the people of Boston to help build a blueprint for the City’s future in Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in half a century. Before taking office, Mayor Walsh served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he was a leader on job creation and worker protections; substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness; K-12 education; and civil rights. He played a key role defending Massachusetts’ pioneering stand on marriage equality.