To mark this new decade and these unparalleled times, we asked seven young, but seasoned, leaders to lift up some emerging leaders they think will play a role in shaping Boston over the next decadeand beyond. We interviewed both the seasoned and the emerging leaders they chose—20 in all— about the experiences that have shaped them and their thoughts about Boston’s greatest challenges in the 2020s.
“If you find yourself despairing about the hurdles we are facing in the next few years, this annual report will lift your spirits,” says Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, in his introduction. “They are a reflection of the fact that Boston is now a majority minority city—almost all are leaders of color. And all of them have powerful feelings about our city and a steely determination to meet the challenges we face and make us better.”
Some of the leaders featured in the report are widely known and have been recognized for their leadership before. Others don’t even think of themselves as leaders or are still preparing for their adult lives and careers. They come from as far away as South Korea and as close as Grove Hall in Roxbury.
They spoke frankly—in many cases, critically—about our city, all with the goal of changing it for the better. Whether you agree with them or not, we think you will find their stories and their ideas fascinating and thought-provoking, and encourage you to read the summary articles in the Annual Report and the full transcripts on our website.