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2018-2019 SPARK Council announced

October 29, 2018

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

The 40-person council aims to strengthen lines of communication between young adults and City.

On October 12, 2018, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the 2018-2019 Mayor's SPARK Boston Council. The diverse, 40-member group will spend the next 12 months working to continue to open up new lines of communication between young adults and leaders in City government.

2018-2019 SPARK council
"Boston is the home to highest concentration of millennials in the country and we count on them to help us grow as a city and community," said Mayor Walsh. "I look forward to collaborating  with these capable young residents on how we can make Boston a more equitable and enjoyable home for all communities."

The 2018-2019 SPARK Boston Council is comprised of 40 Boston residents, who live in 17 different neighborhoods across Boston. This group includes architects, entrepreneurs, teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, community organizers, restaurant professionals, lawyers, and representatives from many other industries across the public and private sectors. Over a fourth of the Council are native Bostonians, while others grew up as far outside of Boston as El Salvador, Florida, France, Georgia, Mississippi, India and beyond.

"A city's success and community is determined by who shows up and gets involved," said Amy Mahler, SPARK Boston Director. "SPARK Boston trains this cohort of young Bostonians on how our city government works, how to participate in our civic institutions, and how our neighborhoods define our City. Together, we'll create and connect programming and resources to help our peers, serve as a focus group for City leaders and programs, and participate in Boston's civic life. As long as we live in Boston, it is our responsibility and privilege to serve and support our home."

SPARK Boston, housed in the Mayor's Civic Engagement Cabinet, is responsible for advising Mayor Walsh on issues affecting the millennial population and working with City departments and community stakeholders to help solve those issues. Directed by Amy Mahler, the Council holds general meetings once a month, attends community meetings monthly and puts on programs focusing on connecting millennials with these partners. Programs include neighborhood socials, salary negotiation workshops, homeownership and leadership open houses, and Chief Chats, a new series of events which allows citizens to hear directly from Mayor Walsh's Cabinet Chiefs on a variety of issues and ask questions on those subjects.

The 2018-2019 Council includes:
Bhakti Varma, Allston
Jordan Thornlow, Allston
Tanya Pham, Back Bay
Marguerite Silverman, Back Bay
Adrienne Zak, Beacon Hill
Justin Flynn, Brighton
Aidan McDonough, Brighton
Tess Atkinson, Dorchester
Crystal Chandler, Dorchester
Miles Halpine, Dorchester
Peter McCawley, Dorchester
Meghan Harrell, Dorchester
Jazmyne Jackson, Dorchester
Josh Waxman, East Boston
Kim Mendoza Iraheta, East Boston
Corinne Wardian, Fenway-Kenmore
Mika Gross, Fenway-Kenmore
Nolan Tesis, Hyde Park
Alisa Pimentel, Hyde Park
Helena Berbano, Jamaica Plain
Sebastian Zapata, Jamaica Plain
Taylor Cain, Jamaica Plain
Jennie Rose Halperin, Jamaica Plain
Samantha Montano, Jamaica Plain
Helen Mayer, Mattapan
Christina Paris, Mattapan
Dani Niro, North End
Jonathan Bekele, Roslindale
Gloribel Rivas, Roslindale
Sasha Goodfriend, Roxbury
Karleen Porcena, Roxbury
Portsha Franklin-Gordon, Roxbury
Analiese Barnes-Classen, Roxbury
Lindsey Butler, South Boston
Casey Baines, South End
Maggie Riddell, South End
Michelle Sohn, South End
Greg Bohenko,  West End
Kathryn Niforos, West Roxbury
Meredith McCarthy, West Roxbury