The Office of Participatory Budgeting (OPB) advances its mission by:
- Furthering public engagement and direct democratic involvement;
- Building collective capacity on issues of racial and social justice; and,
- Aligning with the City's goal of achieving and embedding equity and inclusion into City practices.
About Our Work
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Participatory Budgeting started as an anti-poverty measure in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since then, it has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world.
Participatory Budgeting is a practice that deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources.
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External Oversight Board
- Betsy Cowan Neptune, Executive Director, BUILD
- Esther Chong Weathers, Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Khalid Mustafa, Coaching Supervisor, Fathers’ Uplift
- Carla Stovell, Board Member, New England United 4 Justice
- Jarret Wright, Director of Cybersecurity, Massachusetts Port Authority
- Lisa Hy, Program Manager, Tufts Medical Center Community Benefits and Health Initiatives
- Carolline de Paula, Director of Adult Education, Jackson Mann Community School
- James Kennedy, Retired member of the Office of Budget Management, City of Boston
- Marilyn Forman, Director of Community Organizing and Resident Engagement, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation