The Boston Foundation congratulates Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, City Council President Kim Janey on their historic appointments

Boston – The Boston Foundation today congratulates Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on his nomination as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, and the resulting historic milestone for Boston, when City Council President Kim Janey assumes the role of Acting Mayor – making her the first Black, and the first woman, to serve as Boston mayor. 

From Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan:

“On behalf of the Boston Foundation, I want to congratulate Marty Walsh on his selection as United States Secretary of Labor. President-elect Biden has chosen a man of unimpeachable integrity, humility, and empathy at a time when those qualities are so needed in public servants. He has spent his career in public service with an eye toward making lives better for all of his constituents, and is a strong choice to lead the Labor Department. 

“In his time as a state representative, Marty Walsh not only ably represented his constituents and city, he took bold stands on educational equity, equal rights, and ethics in government. As Mayor of Boston, he brought his time and energy, and the resources of the city, to increase affordable housing, fight homelessness, support the arts, promote infrastructure and investment in transit, create a visionary climate resiliency plan, and support public education. He has worked to connect the education-to-career pipeline, and has made Boston a leader in wage equity for women. The Boston Foundation is proud to have been a partner to his administration in these efforts. We wish him the best as he heads to Washington.

“We also celebrate the historic moment that will arise when City Council President Kim Janey is sworn in as the first Black, and first woman to occupy the Mayor’s office. It is a remarkable milestone for the city. We will support Acting Mayor Janey in our shared commitment to a just and equitable recovery for all residents of the city as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. She can count on the Boston Foundation as a partner as we strive to make Boston a stronger, more resilient, more equitable city where justice and opportunity are extended to all.”