Boston, April 2, 2013 — Michelle Wu announced today that she has hired Dan Murphy, a veteran of several Massachusetts campaigns, as her Campaign Manager. Additionally, Rachel Schwarzman joins the staff as Finance Director.
|| “I’m thrilled to have Dan and Rachel join the campaign,” said Wu, a candidate for Boston City Councilor At-Large. “They bring energy, talent and fresh perspectives to the quest of involving more people in city government and the task of organizing an inclusive, grassroots campaign.”
Murphy has worked most recently on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign as a political consultant and organizer, and on Congressman Michael Capuano’s bid for Senate as Deputy Press Secretary in 2009. He has also worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. He was born in Boston and earned his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College.
Rachel Schwarzman joins the Wu campaign after having served as Finance Director for Joseph Kearns Goodwin’s recent bid for State Senate in the Third Middlesex District. Schwarzman is a graduate of Boston University, and lives in the South End.
||“This is going to be an exciting campaign,” Murphy said. “We have a dynamic candidate with original ideas, a skilled Finance Director with eager donors, and a group of committed volunteers ready to take Michelle’s progressive message and pragmatic approach directly to the voters, neighborhood by neighborhood, door to door.”
“We are proud that we have raised more than $48,000, but more importantly, that our donor list reflects a diverse coalition of support,” stated Schwarzman. “We’re confident that we will have the resources to compete in a city-wide campaign.”
The campaign’s strong fundraising effort complements growing support from volunteers in what will be a robust, grassroots endeavor.
About Michelle Wu
Michelle, 28, is an attorney and community advocate. Most recently, she worked full-time on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, where she directed statewide outreach to communities of color. Prior to the Warren campaign, Michelle worked for Mayor Thomas M. Menino in the Mayor’s Office as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy. At City Hall, she created the Restaurant Roadmap guide (available on the City of Boston website), which for the first time outlined in one place the city’s restaurant permitting process from start to finish. Michelle was also a driving force behind the Food Truck Challenge, which launched three new food trucks on City Hall Plaza.
Michelle has a background in community advocacy, having worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, providing legal advice to low-income small business owners. She also worked at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration cases for survivors of domestic violence. Michelle has served on the boards of the Kwong Kow Chinese School in Chinatown, the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, and the RoxVote coalition in Roxbury.
Michelle graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She lives in the South End with her husband Conor and her two sisters – Sherelle, a student at Suffolk University, and Victoria, a student at Boston Latin School.