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Peggy Zhang

Special Assistant to the Commissioner

Peggy is the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Environment Department. In this role, she supports the Commissioner and other staff members of the Environment Department to implement projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and build resilient systems and infrastructures to protect the health and well-being of residents and communities throughout Boston. Peggy is also involved with setting up new workforce development initiatives to support green jobs, and engages with residents, community organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders to take action against climate change. 

Peggy previously worked as Climate Resilience Project Manager as part of the Climate Ready Boston team in the Environment Department. Prior to joining the City, she worked as a product technology analyst for a steel manufacturing and engineering company in Pittsburgh, and as a secondary school teacher as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique. Locally in the Greater Boston area, Peggy has worked with local non-profits like Mass Audubon to develop methods to reduce the organization’s overall carbon footprint and with Haymarket People’s Fund to provide support to grassroot organizations working to create social change in their communities. 

Peggy is a native speaker of Mandarin (Chinese) and is fluent in Portuguese. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Social Impact Master of Business Administration and a Master in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


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