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Berry Institute of Politics Fellow: Mayor Kim Janey

Spring 2022

About Mayor Kim Janey

Kim Michelle Janey made history when she was sworn in as Boston’s first woman and first Black mayor, successfully leading the city through a multitude of unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Mayor Janey began her historic tenure with a citywide agenda of recovery, reopening, and renewal to address systemic inequities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic. Mayor Janey re-opened Boston’s economy and its public schools by centering equity and prioritizing health and wellness. She invested millions to support small businesses, expanded protections for renters and homeowners, and launched fare-free public transit. Under Mayor Janey’s leadership, Boston experienced its safest summer in 5 years and became one of the most vaccinated big cities in America. 

Prior to becoming Mayor, Janey made history in 2017 when she was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7. In 2020, she was elected by her peers to serve as President of the most diverse City Council in Boston’s history.

Devoting her life to public service, Janey has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. A proud fourth-generation Roxbury resident, Janey comes from a long line of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. Janey was raised with values that guide her to this day: the importance of education, the power of community organizing, and the fundamental principles of equity and justice.

Berry IOP Fellowship | Spring 2022

Mayor Kim Janey visited campus multiple times throughout the semester to share her knowledge, skills, and experiences with students interested in politics, education, and racial justice. While on campus, she visited classes, hosted office hours, facilitated meals with students, and coordinated speaker/workshop events. Below are some highlights from her fellowship.

  • Womxn’s History 365 featuring Denella Clark, Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and President and CEO of Boston Arts Academy Foundation

  • Meet the Mayors Meeting the Moment featuring Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem and Mayor Kim Janey of Boston

  • Lunch & Learn focused on Politics During a Pandemic: Navigating Challenging Times

  • Womxn in Leadership Luncheon

  • Meetings with Salem State’s Multicultural Student Association, Educator Scholars of Color, Civic Engagement Fellows, and Politics, Policy and International Relations Department


Disclaimer: This information is accurate for the time period that this Fellow was affiliated with the Berry Institute of Politics.


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