Mayor of Boston
Martin J. Walsh is Boston’s 54th mayor and was sworn in to serve a second term on January 1, 2018.
CWS is honoring Mayor Walsh for his commitment to ensure that every Bostonian has a fair opportunity at a good job, affordable housing, and a great education. As part of his interest in helping those facing barriers to economic well-being, the Mayor has visited CWS and spent time with our staff and participants.
Mayor Walsh established the nation’s first municipal Office of Recovery Services to prevent and treat substance abuse. He created a program that has become a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.
He was born and raised in Dorchester by immigrant parents. His recovery from alcoholism as a young adult led to his lifelong commitment to the prevention and treatment of addiction. As a full-time legislator, he returned to school earning a degree in Political Science at Boston College.
Mayor Walsh continues to reside in Dorchester, with longtime partner Lorrie Higgins.