Join us at the IOP for a Pizza and Politics with President & CEO
of Big Sister Boston Annissa Essaibi
Annissa spent 13 years
as a teacher at East Boston High School before becoming the first Boston
Public School teacher elected to the Boston City Council. As an At
Large Councilor, Annissa was distinguished by her efforts to empower the
voices of stakeholders directly impacted by public policy and her
solutions-oriented approach to government.
When taking office in
2016, Annissa served as the founding member and Chair of Committee on
Homelessness, Mental Health, and Recovery. Building from her education work,
Annissa successfully increased funding in the City’s budget to support the
almost 5,000 students in BPS experiencing homelessness and helped launch a
Family Led Stability Pilot to house those students close to their schools,
winning her the 2018 Navigator Award for her innovative approach to government.
To best inform policy, Annissa hosted a monthly roundtable series that
alternates between family shelter providers and mental health providers to
connect the with policymakers in government. Her efforts led to the expansion
of access to treatment including filing an Ordinance Establishing A Mental
Health Commission and an Ordinance Requiring Pharmacy Take Back for Sharps. In
2019, Annissa passed a City Ordinance forming a Special Commission to End
Family Homelessness in Boston. Annissa ran for Mayor of Boston in 2021.
The event will take place in the first-floor conference room (HKS-Littauer 166) at the Institute of Politics. Pizza will be served.
Speakers and Presenters
Annissa Essaibi George