Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu Announces Transition Co-Chairs and Advisors

Boston, November 9, 2021 — Mayor-elect Michelle Wu today announced her official transition Co-Chairs, along with an initial list of transition advisors.

Current Mayor Kim Janey, the first woman and person of color to hold the position of Mayor in Boston, will serve as Honorary Chair of the transition. The transition Co-Chairs are former State Representative, Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and current Senior Vice President for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA, Charlotte Golar Richie; former Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance and current Partner at the law firm Hinckley Allen, Jay Gonzalez; and Noemi “Mimi” Ramos, community activist and current Executive Director of New England United 4 Justice (NEU4J).


Mayor-elect Wu also named a diverse group of transition advisors, who will bring a range of lived experiences, expertise, and perspectives to help advance key priorities during the condensed transition period, support the early days of the Wu Administration, and ensure close, collaborative ties to communities across Boston. The advisors named today include:

  • Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Tufts University

  • Dana Alas, Organizing Director, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

  • Shawn Brown, Executive Director, Becoming A Man, Boston

  • Joe Byrne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

  • Ali Fong, Chef and Co-Founder, Bon Me

  • Trish Fontanilla, Head of Community, Simplr

  • Rev. Dr. Arlene Hall, Pastor, Deliverance Temple Worship Center

  • José Massó, Broadcaster and Producer, ¡Con Salsa! on WBUR

  • Marcus McNeil, Student, Fenway High School

  • Cassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Public Health Programs, Boston Medical Center

  • Micho Spring, Chair of the Weber Shandwick Global Corporate Practice, President of Weber Shandwick New England, and Board Chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

  • Kannan Thiruvengadam, climate activist and Director, Eastie Farm

  • Mitchell Weiss, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School

“I am grateful to these community leaders and partners for sharing their wisdom and insight to our work in this important transition period,” said Mayor-elect Wu. “This group represents just the beginning of our work to uplift bold solutions to the biggest challenges that await us, and to enlist community in the work of making them a reality. Their expertise and lived experiences are a reflection of the possibility and promise of our city, and I’m honored to have their partnership engaging residents across the city in these early days.”

Following her historic election victory on Tuesday, November 2, Mayor-elect Wu has also announced her official transition website,, where visitors can find additional information about transition events and announcements, as well as links to apply for roles in the new Administration and provide feedback about key priorities. More information about the transition Co-Chairs and advisors, specifically, can be found at