Mayor Walsh's 2017-2018 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 and will open in summer of 2018.
If you are interested in applying and would like to learn more, please reach out to SPARK Boston Director Amy Mahler.
2017-2018 SPARK Boston Council
The SPARK Boston Council is comprised of 38 Boston residents, who live in 20 different neighborhoods across Boston. This group includes entrepreneurs, designers, social workers, restaurant professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, community organizers, veterans and representatives from many other industries across the public and private sectors. Approximately a third of the Council are native Bostonians, while others grew up as far away as France, Cape Verde, India and Spain.
Members of the 2017-2018 SPARK Boston Council: