Celina Barrios-Millner leads the Equity and Inclusion Unit within the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, and is tasked with implementing the Mayor’s Economic Inclusion and Equity Agenda and overseeing the City’s efforts to connect local residents, veterans, and people of color to economic opportunity through the Boston Resident Jobs Policy (BRJP) and the Certification and Contracts programs. In this role, Barrios-Millner’s two decades of experience in creating opportunities in disenfranchised communities through community engagement and strategic policy development will guide her 15-member team in managing and enforcing BRJP on City of Boston and BPDA construction projects to ensure local residents can benefit from the more than $15 billion in development in the pipeline and connect minority and women-owned enterprises (MWBEs) to millions of dollars in economic opportunities through procurement.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Barrios-Millner led Immigrant Integration efforts for the City of Boston where she provided strategic direction to departments to ensure that immigrant residents and their needs were at the forefront of policy and program design. Previously, she led Partnership Development for the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) to generate business opportunities and resources for certified woman (WBE) and minority-owned businesses (MBE). She is fluent in Spanish and holds a MPP in Urban Policy and Strategic Management from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A in International Relations and Human Rights from The American University.