Mayor Walsh's 2016-2017 SPARK Boston Council
"In Boston, we have the highest proportion of young adults of any major U.S city. The SPARK council selection process serves as a reminder that this demographic comprises some of the city's most civic minded citizens. This team of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in both the private and public sectors will come together to lead their peers in becoming civically engaged residents and neighbors."
-Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Roles & Responsibilities
Advisors to the Mayor
The Mayor’s SPARK Boston Council advises his administration on city policies and programs affecting Boston’s millennials. Cabinet Chiefs, department heads, and other high-level members of the Mayor’s team come to monthly SPARK Boston Council meetings to present upcoming plans and proposals, ask questions, and get feedback. Through brainstorming and discussion, the SPARK Boston Council generates ideas to increase millennial awareness and engagement.
Ambassadors to the Millennial Population
The SPARK Boston Council serves as the Mayor’s ambassadors to the rest of Boston’s large and diverse millennial population, channeling information through our individual networks in order to draw a wider range of young adults into the conversation.
Collaborators & Innovators
Group projects allow SPARK Boston Council members to take ownership of the dual role of advisor and ambassador to the Mayor. SPARK Boston Council members work in groups to innovate and execute programming connecting millennials with opportunities to engage with city government and influence public policy decisions. A few examples of recent group projects can be found here, here and here.
Members of the Mayor’s SPARK Boston Council are appointed at the pleasure of Mayor Walsh and serve under the SPARK Boston Director. Failure to meet the following expectations will result in disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the Council:
Applying to the SPARK Boston Council
A new Council is selected each year through an open application process. Applicants must live in Boston and be between the ages of 20-34 to be considered eligible for the SPARK Boston Council.
The application period is currently closed.
If you are interested in applying and would like to learn more, please reach out to SPARK Boston Director Amy Mahler
2016-2017 SPARK Boston Council
This year's Council features social workers, small business owners, undergraduate students, union organizers, aspiring faith leaders and more. Approximately half of the group are native Bostonians, while others grew up as far outside of Boston as Georgia, Texas, and Jamaica. They currently live in 19 different neighborhoods across Boston.
Members of the 2016-2017 SPARK Boston Council: