Asian American Community and Political Leader Leverett Wing to be Honored

Boston, April 2, 2014, — Leverett Wing, well-known political leader and community mobilizer, will be honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus this Thursday, April 3.
Gov. Patrick, Leverett Wing(fourth from left)and community leaders at Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebration in May 2013 in Quincy School.

Leverett Wing will be receiving the MWPC’s prestigious “Good Guys Award”, an honor for men who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the goal of political, economic and social parity for women.

Over the past thirteen years, “Good Guys” honorees have included: Senator Edward Brooke, Governor Deval Patrick, Governor Paul Cellucci, Governor William Weld, Charlie Baker, State Senator Dan Wolf, Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator John Kerry, Paul Guzzi, Peter Meade, Charles Ogletree, Paul W. Lee and many others.

The 14th Annual Good Guys Awards will take place this Thursday, April 3 from 11:30am-2:00pm at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel (136 Saint James Avenue) in Boston.

Throughout his distinguished career, Leverett has served as an influential community leader for key issues relating to diversity and healthy communities. Throughout his lifetime, Leverett has been dedicated to women’s equality, as seen through his work on the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence and as an organizer & supporter of women politicians like Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Newton Alderwoman Amy Mah Sangiolo, and MA State Senator Sonia Chang Diaz.

Currently, Leverett is the Associate Director of Community Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to that, Leverett was the Executive Director of Washington D.C. headquartered Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), the only non-partisan, national organization focusing on voter participation and civic engagement in the Asian American community.

As a member of the Board of Overseers at Joslin Diabetes Center, an internationally known hospital and research center, Leverett helped found a first-of-its-kind, national project called the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) which seeks to improve the understanding and treatment of diabetes among Asian Americans.

Leverett also sits on the Board of Overseers of WGBH-TV/Radio, Boston’s nationally known Public Broadcasting affiliate, where he has helped efforts to expand WGBH’s minority programming and improve outreach to communities underserved by traditional media outlets.

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus was founded in 1971 and is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the participation of women of all ages in the political process, and to increasing the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions at all levels of government.

Other “Good Guys Award” recipients this year include Francis X. Bellotti (former MA Lieutenant Governor and former MA Attorney General), Richard Taylor, The Honorable Stanley Rosenberg (Senate Majority Leader, Massachusetts State Senate), Richard Kelleher (Principal and CEO, Pyramid Hotel Group) and Mark Reilly (Senior Vice President of Comcast, Northeast Division)