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Tisch College Solomont Speaker Series: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Thursday, February 24 | 5:30 PM ET | Virtual Event  

Join Tisch College for a conversation on building a multiracial democracy with U.S. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Congresswoman Pressley is an advocate, a policy-maker, an activist, and a survivor. She was elected to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, making her the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts 7th is the most diverse and most unequal district in the state. In Congress, Rep. Pressley serves on the House Committees on Financial Services and Overnight and Reform. In 2009, she won her historic at-large campaign for Boston City Council, becoming the first woman of color elected to the Council in its 100-year history. 

Prior to her time in office, Pressley was a community activist, working as a senior aide to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, volunteering for Senator John Kerry’s reelection campaign, and working for Senator Kerry for 13 years in a variety of roles, including constituency director and political director. In 2016, she was named one of The New York Times 14 Young Democrats to Watch. In 2014, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce named her as one of their Ten Outstanding Young Leaders, and the Victim Rights Law Center presented her with their Leadership Award. In 2015, she earned the EMILY’s List Rising Star Award and was named one of Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. She is also an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, Class of 2012.  

This event is generously cosponsored by the Africana CenterTufts CIVIC, the Tufts Democrats and the Political Science Department

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