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Berry Institute of Politics Fellow: Mayor Kim Janey

Spring 2022 Berry IOP Fellowship

Mayor Kim Michelle Janey will serve as a Berry Institute of Politics Fellow at Salem State in the spring 2022 semester. Through this new fellowship program, students will have opportunities to meet one-on-one and in small groups with Mayor Janey and Fellow Jennifer Levi.


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.

Campus Visits

Mayor Janey will visit campus multiple times throughout the spring semester to share their knowledge, skills, and experiences with students interested in politics, education, and racial justice. While on campus, she will visit classes, host office hours, facilitate meals with students, and coordinate speaker/workshop events. This webpage will be updated throughout the semester. If you would like to be notified when new opportunities are available, please email so we can add you to our email list. 

  • Visit 1: Wednesday, February 16
  • Visit 2: Monday, March 21
  • Visit 3: Friday, April 1
  • Visit 4: Thursday, April 7
  • Visit 5: Thursday, April 21
  • Visit 6: Wednesday, May 4 


Upcoming Special Events


Womxn’s History 365 Days a Year

Mayor Kim Janey and Denella Clark, Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and President and CEO of Boston Arts Academy Foundation, will discuss the impact of women on history, culture, and society ALL year-long. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 6-7 pm



Office Hours

Mayor Janey will host office hours during each visit to engage with students one-on-one. This is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to talk with her about her experiences, career advice, assignments, and other topics of interest. 

View availability and sign up to meet with Mayor Janey during her office hours.

This link will be updated continuously throughout the semester. If you would like to be notified when new opportunities are available, please email so we can add you to our email list.


Lunches with Mayor Janey

Mayor Janey will host meals with small groups of students throughout the semester. These meals provide an opportunity for students to informally engage with Mayor Janey and have a deeper discussion about a topic of interest. Below are the meals currently scheduled, but this will be continuously updated throughout the semester. If you would like to be notified when new opportunities are available, please email so we can add you to our email list.


Lunch with Political Science Department

Friday, April 1, 2022 | 1:30-2:30 pm

Register! (Limit 15 students)



Learn more about the Berry Institute of Politics at Salem State.

Samantha Giffen
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