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Mayor Wu Announces 2022 - 2023 SPARK Boston Council

Members poised to inspire civic leadership among Boston’s young adults

Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the newly-selected 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council. The diverse, 40-member group will spend the next 12 months working to connect young adults to leaders in City government, City services, and one another. The SPARK Boston Council will advise Mayor Wu on City policies and programs affecting 20- to 35-year-olds.

“The future of Boston depends on having a well-informed and connected community of leaders in every generation,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “This year’s SPARK Boston Council spans many cultures, languages, and corners of our city—all united by a passion for civic engagement. I look forward to collaborating with the new members as we work to make Boston a city for everyone.”

The 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council members live in neighborhoods throughout Boston and come from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds. One fifth of the Council are native Bostonians, while others grew up as far away as Syria, Venezuela, and Jamaica. The new members come from a wide range of work industries, including public service, higher education, and scientific research. Sixteen members are multilingual. 

“This is a pivotal moment for SPARK Boston, as Boston’s first millennial Mayor appoints her first council,” said SPARK Boston Director Audrey Seraphin. “I am delighted to work with these bright young minds to bring Boston’s largest age group together again, both virtually and in-person, after a difficult two and half years for our community.”

For the first time, new SPARK Council members will be supported by eight returning SPARK captains, who will provide mentorship and organizational assistance critical to the program’s continued growth and success. 

“I am excited to enter this next year on SPARK as one of the new captains,” said returning council member Dianna Bronchuk of Roslindale. “I've learned about and engaged with so many new opportunities in Boston through SPARK, and I am looking forward to bringing those to the new council members in this role.”

“It’s such an honor to continue working to better our City, especially now as a captain,” said Anthony Nguyen, a lifelong resident of Dorchester. “I’m excited to help lead the new council to reach our potential as a talented, diverse family dedicated to civic engagement.” 

SPARK Boston, housed in the Mayor’s Community Engagement Cabinet, is responsible for advising Mayor Wu on issues affecting millennial and Gen Z populations and working with City departments and community stakeholders to create innovative solutions. The Council meets monthly with City Hall leaders and creates free programming for their peers including voter resources, events highlighting the City’s on-going initiatives, and professional and social networking opportunities across Boston’s many neighborhoods. 

Over 34 percent of Boston residents are between the ages of 20 and 34 according to the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Boston at a Glance 2022.

“I'm honored and excited to be a part of SPARK council, where I feel that our voices and lived experiences will make a difference in what public services and policies are prioritized by the city,” said new council member Ki-Wan Sim from East Boston."

“I’m so grateful to be offered the opportunity to serve on the 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council,” said Kennedy Avery, new member from Beacon Hill. “Enthusiastic and innovative young people have long been committed to improving the City, and I can’t wait to work with my peers to connect the innovation and energy of young people in the City to the levers of power within City Hall.” 

This year, the SPARK Boston program received 110 applications for the 2022-2023 Council, showing continued robust interest for involvement and engagement. Projects for the 2021-2022 SPARK Boston Council included the creation of the Allston-Brighton Renters’ Garden Contest, the on-going Pint with a Planner series, the Haitian Migrant Household Goods Drive with IFSI, the 2021 Living & Learning Debt Survey, Rat City Arts Fest, and countless voter registration pop-ups and neighborhood social events.

The 2022-2023 Council includes:

  1. Sydney Neugebauer, Allston
  2. Anthony O’Neil, Allston
  3. Bianca Beltran, Back Bay
  4. Kennedy Avery, Beacon Hill
  5. Janine Jay, Beacon Hill
  6. Olivia S. Harris, Brighton 
  7. Cristen Mathews, Brighton
  8. Steven Murnane, Jr., Brighton 
  9. Christopher Rockwell, Charlestown 
  10. Liza Perry, Charlestown
  11. Abby Jamiel, Dorchester 
  12. Brenna Galvin, Dorchester 
  13. Alexa Monfort, Dorchester 
  14. Yakeisha L. Gray Sinclair, Dorchester
  15. Tania Jaime Lopez, Dorchester
  16. Taufiq Dhanani, Dorchester
  17. Emmy Carragher, Dorchester 
  18. Ki Wan Sim, East Boston 
  19. Liz Cory, Fenway-Kenmore
  20. Ashley Garrett, Hyde Park 
  21. Katharine Martinez, Hyde Park 
  22. Jenn Meakem, Jamaica Plain 
  23. Eryn-Ashlei Bailey, Jamaica Plain
  24. Lendsey Thicklin, Mattapan
  25. Hannah Hooven, Mission Hill
  26. Hannah Schur, North End
  27. Melissa Mazzeo, North End
  28. Daniel Semeniuta, Roslindale
  29. Melissa Beltran, Roxbury
  30. Shaikh Hasib, Roxbury
  31. Jasmine Rose, Roxbury
  32. Aly Madan, Roxbury
  33. Nohely Vargas, Roxbury 
  34. Kyle Miller, Roxbury/Jamaica Plain
  35. Rafael Trujillo, Seaport
  36. Sarah Ballinger, South Boston 
  37. Nicholas Fils-Aime, South End 
  38. Ihsan Kaadan, West End 
  39. Zachary Kinnaird, West End
  40. Eduardo Sanchez, West Roxbury

The SPARK Council captains for the 2022-2023 term are:

  1. Alessandra Panares, Allston-Brighton
  2. Richard Meinke, Allston-Brighton
  3. Anthony Nguyen, Dorchester
  4. Kristyn Berry, Dorchester
  5. Mia Healy-Waldron, East Boston
  6. Thomas Pelkey, Jamaica Plain
  7. Dianna Bronchuk, Roslindale
  8. Caitlin Zeytoonian, South Boston

For more information, please visit boston.gov/sparkboston

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