In 2009, Ayanna Pressley became the first and only African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council in its 102-year history.
As Councilor, she formed a new committee dedicated to women and girls. The Committee on Women & Healthy Communities addresses reducing poverty, preventing violence, and stabilizing families dealing with bullying, neglect, substance abuse, and homelessness.
With over 16 years’ experience in the political arena, Pressley is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls within her community. She has worked with non-profit organizations such as the Young Professionals Preventing Child Abuse of the Children’s Trust Fund and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Young Black Women’s Society. Among her community service endeavors she is also a Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
Vision 2020 recognizes Pressley for representing its National Goal of women in shared leadership positions.