Boston City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu is a South End resident, attorney, and community advocate. On November 5, 2013, Michelle Wu was elected to the Boston City Council at the age of 28, and is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. As a former restaurant owner and legal guardian of her younger sister, Councilor Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face. Running on a platform focused on creating Pipelines to Opportunity through innovative ideas and increasing access to opportunity, Councilor Wu garnered almost 60,000 votes across the city.
Councilor Wu 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, as well as at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence. She also served on the boards of the Kwong Kow Chinese School in Chinatown, the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, and the RoxVote coalition in Roxbury.
Councilor Wu worked for Mayor Thomas M. Menino in the Mayor’s Office as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. At City Hall, she created the Restaurant Roadmap guide, which for the first time outlined in one place the city’s restaurant permitting process from start to finish, and was also a driving force to launch Boston’s food truck program. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in the U.S. Senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren.
Councilor Wu is focused on providing Pipelines to Opportunity by working to make Boston’s vast resources accessible to all residents of Boston. Her priorities include streamlining permitting and government processes, connecting education and employment through partnerships, using data and technology to help residents access government, and supporting pathways to economic stability for all Boston families and residents.
Michelle Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She lives in the South End with her husband Conor and her sister Victoria, a student at Boston Latin School. Her sister Sherelle is a student at Suffolk University.