For over 20 years, Mimi Turchinetz has fought to make the city of Boston a safer, fairer and better place to live and work. Her experience ranges from organizing low-income communities, to building coalitions to create positive change, to working in the State Legislature and in Boston City Hall. It’s not just her resume that makes her the right candidate, it’s that she knows how to get things done.
Mimi Turchinetz is well grounded in the community she wants to serve. Born in Hyde Park to immigrant parents who knew that a good education was the key to the middle class, Mimi attended public schools and a public university. After graduating from UMass Amherst, Boston College and New England School of Law, Mimi worked as Deputy Campaign Manger for Ralph Martin’s groundbreaking campaign for District Attorney. She then became an assistant district attorney where she worked to keep criminals off Boston’s streets.
After working as Staff Counsel on the Insurance Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate, Mimi took a job at the Boston Housing Authority, and then the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services. Impressed by her work ethic and her grasp of neighborhood issues, Mayor Thomas M. Menino hired Mimi to help implement the Living Wage Ordinance – an ordinance still in effect today, that ensures honest work is compensated by fair wages and has helped keep thousands of working families living in Boston.
In 2001, Mimi started the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Action Coalition – a model of public/private partnerships between the community, business and government that develops strategies to help residents earn financial independence. The Coalition now has 25 free tax sites across the city –including one in Roslindale and one in Mattapan -providing residents with the skills to take control of their finances, bringing back over $22 million in refunds and credits this year alone to our local economy and protecting the elderly and low-income families from predatory financial practices.
Now Mimi wants to take what she has learned – and go to work as your next city councilor. Her life and work experience make her the best candidate to knit together the diverse areas that makeup the new 5th District.