Jamaica Plain has lost our neighborhood coordinator for the city in Alexandra Valdez. But the good news is that the city has gained a new director of engagement for its Economic Mobility Lab.
"It has been my absolute pleasure serving as the Mayor’s Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator and the citywide Latina Liason for the past three years," said Valdez to Jamaica Plain News. "From attending community meetings about local issues, to helping new businesses open, I have learned so much from our neighborhood and how government is here to help its constituents. I have also learned a great deal from the many residents and activists who put in tireless hours engaging in our government to improve our neighborhood."
Valdez already switched over to her new position at the lab, which is a team of "social entrepreneurs" as part of the Mayor's Office of Policy. The lab, which launched in 2017, "researches and tests ideas with the potential to dramatically increase upward economic mobility for low- and moderate-income Bostonians." The lab is the flagship program as part of the city's Resilience Strategy with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities.
Valdez was Jamaica Plain's neighborhood liaison and the Latino community since 2016. She will lead the lab's work on child care, Boston Saves, and youth programs.
"As an immigrant who came to Boston as a kid, I'm beyond grateful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing the Mayor's agenda in creating a welcoming, strong, and inclusive city," said Valdez.