UPDATE November 2013: Ayanna Pressley was re-elected to the Boston City Council.
City Council At-Large
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley knows her 2009 election was historic: She’s the first African-American woman to serve on the Council. She made headlines again a few months ago after garnering more votes than any of the 18 other candidates on the city’s primary ballot. Prior to her election, Pressley worked as a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and United States Senator John Kerry (eventually serving as Kerry’s political director).
In keeping with the historic nature of her win, Councilor Pressley formed and is chairing a new standing committee, the Committee on Women & Healthy Communities. The committee is devoted to the causes that she has always been most devoted to: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, and combating poverty. The committee is primarily concerned with adequate delivery of city services and programming for youth, families, seniors and new Bostonians, with particular focus on girls and women. Some of the issues the committee plans to address over the next two years include domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, substance abuse, mentoring, hunger and homelessness.