As Interim Chief of Economic Development, Midori focuses on making Boston an appealing and accessible place for working families, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors to innovate, grow, and thrive in a way that fosters inclusion, broadens opportunity, and shares prosperity, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all Bostonians and the experience for all visitors.
Over the past 3 years, Midori served as the Director of Business Strategy charged with attracting new businesses, retaining and growing existing businesses, and engaging the Boston business community to strengthen Boston's workforce for growth as a place to do business in the national and international markets. She also leads strategies to enhance emerging industries, including exploring workforce development opportunities for talent pipeline development and retention in response to business community needs. Previously, Midori Deputy Director of Workforce and Policy Development at the Office of Workforce Development. Midori led key initiatives, including the development and implementation of the Mayor's Tuition-Free Community College. Midori also oversaw $5 million in workforce development investment, ensuring that high-impact programs in occupational training, youth jobs, adult basic education, apprenticeship, and alternative education are leading to greater economic security for Boston residents. Midori has promoted a number of key partnerships including the Boston Bridge, a collaboration between the city and the MA Executive Office of Education to create tuition-free four-year degree pathways for Boston residents; and oversaw a multi-year evaluation of Summer Youth Employment program in partnership with Northeastern University.
Before joining the City of Boston, Midori served as the Director of Planning at Action for Boston Community Development, and Program Performance and Evaluation Manager at YWCA Boston. Midori received her Master of Arts degree from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University. A native of Japan, Midori spent her childhood in Malaysia and Indonesia before coming to the United States to attend college