Althea Garrison was sworn in as an At-Large member of the Boston City Council on January 9, 2019. Duly elected by the residents of the City of Boston from the municipal election in November 2017, Councilor Garrison brings a unique perspective to the Council as an independent voice for change. Her top priorities include:
- working hard to offer real affordable housing for residents
- caring for senior citizens
- supporting homeless veterans
- workforce development, and
- addressing the many challenges in public transportation throughout the City.
Holding elected office is not new for Councilor Garrison, as she was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1992 and served there until 1995. As a State Representative she served on the Housing Committee and the Election Law Committee, and she sponsored legislation that inaugurated mail-in voter registration to ensure that the voice and vote of every voter could be heard and counted. Councilor Garrison worked for 34 years as a clerk in human resources for the Massachusetts State Comptroller's Office and she is the Vice-President of the Board at Uphams Corner Health Center in Dorchester. She holds advanced degrees and certificates from Newbury Junior College, Suffolk University, Lesley College, and Harvard University.
Throughout her entire political career, Councilor Garrison has worked tirelessly to put the people of Boston first and to serve them above all else. A resident of Dorchester, she is a formidable woman who fights every day for the cares and concerns of all Bostonians.