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Caregiver. Councilor. Innovator. Organizer. Mother. Mayor. Michelle Wu brings her entire self to the work of public service, and she shattered a concrete ceiling last November when she became the first woman, first Asian American, and first person of color elected mayor of Boston.

I’ve had the privilege to work closely with Michelle for nearly a decade. I have seen, firsthand, her unshakable commitment to building a Boston that cares for all its residents and her abiding belief in the potential of our city to be a model of racial, social, economic, health care, transit, disability, and environmental justice. As she says, “We’ll get big things done by getting the small things right.”

Michelle made history in November, but she isn’t dwelling on that success. She is always looking forward—focused on how policy, community, and innovation can come together to create a more just world for all of us, in Boston and beyond.

Pressley, a Democrat, is a Congresswoman for Massachusetts

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