Kim Janey was elected Mayor of Boston on 24th March 2021. Janey will be the first African American woman to hold this position. For the past century, Boston has never had a woman or a person of colour in this position. Marty Walsh, the former Mayor of Boston, has stepped down from his position in order to serve as Joe Biden’s labour secretary. He has stated that Janey’s appointment is a positive thing for Boston, which he considers to be a multicultural city.
Previously, Janey was a city councillor for three years and has a history of activism in Boston, particularly in Roxbury, a black majority community. She has also worked for a non-profit organisation Massachusetts Advocates for Children where she advocated for policies to support vulnerable pupils who face significant barriers to accessing educational and life opportunities.