Former City Councilor Matt O’Malley served as the Council President Pro Tempore and District 6 representative to the Boston City Council. Councilor O’Malley was first elected in a special election on November 16, 2010. His district included the neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, parts of Roslindale, Roxbury, and the Back of the Hill. Councilor Matt O’Malley served as the Chair of Environment, Resiliency, and Parks Committee. Councilor O’Malley led on environmental initiatives such as promoting net zero carbon building standards, eliminating gas leaks and single-use plastic bags, and diverting organics through curbside composting in the City of Boston. Councilor O’Malley also led on various public health, economic, and social issues including but not limited to:
- Senior Silver Alert System
- Free Sunscreen in Boston’s Parks & Playgrounds
- Banning the Sale of Animals in the City of Boston
- Establishing Boston’s Latin Quarter
- Addressing Boston’s commercial vacancies
- Fair Housing Testing
- Affordable Housing Zoning Relief
- Conducting Safe and Accessible Elections amid Pandemic
Former Councilor O’Malley grew up in Roslindale and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and George Washington University. Councilor O’Malley began his public service career as a high school intern for Councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen. Councilor O’Malley served as political director for MassEquality, a LGBTQ advocacy organization for marriage equality. He was a campaign manager to help elect the Commonwealth’s first woman of color Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral. He has served as a member of the Charles H. Farnsworth Housing Corporation, the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston, Project Hope and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Trustee for the Boston Latin School Association.
He lives in West Roxbury with his wife, Kathryn and daughter, Margot.