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Mayor Walsh Appoints Director of Fair Housing & Equity

October 1, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Boston - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today the appointment of Janine Anzalota as Director of the Mayor's Office of Fair Housing & Equity for the City of Boston. She has served as interim Director for the department since this past July.

"Janine exemplifies a dedicated commitment to public service and I'm thrilled of her now permanent appointment as the Office of Fair Housing Director," said Mayor Walsh. "She has developed an extended track record of service to the many Bostonians throughout the city in many other capacities since 2007. I am pleased with her decision to continue in this function."

"I am incredibly humbled and appreciative to Mayor Walsh for this opportunity to continue to serve Boston," said Anzalota. "His confidence in my ability and recognition of my passion to serve the public drives me to continue to work diligently to give Boston exceptional service."

Anzalota joined the City of Boston as a Senior Program Manager with the Boston Public Health Commission in February of 2007. Prior to that Anzalota was a social worker with Boston Medical Center. In January 2011 Anzalota was given the Boston Public Health Commission's Emerging Young Leader award and later in July of the same year, the National Association of County and City Health Official's award for Model Practice. Over the course of 10 years Anzalota has a vast array of professional writing she has contributed for scholarly analysis on racial justice in health and community engagement and has been invited as the keynote speaker for several conference presentations and panels.

Anzalota also worked as the Director of the Boston Public Health Commission's Coordinated Social Support & Training, as well as REACH Obesity & Hypertension Project.

Anzalota is a graduate of Worcester State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Sociology and Boston University, where she earned a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health. She currently resides in Jamaica Plain.