Wheelock Working with Mayor-Elect Walsh

December 09, 2013

Jackie Jenkins-ScottBoston's Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh named Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott and Professor William Rodriguez to Transition Committee Working Groups as part of his 2014 Transition Team.

As a member of the Economic Development Transition Committee working group, President Jenkins-Scott will discuss and suggest policies and ideas that can advance key economic development goals that Mayor-Elect Walsh laid out throughout the course of his campaign. Jenkins-Scott has had a distinguished career in Massachusetts and known nationally as a community leader, public health and children's advocate, and innovative administrator. As president of Wheelock College since 2004, under her leadership, Wheelock has strengthened its core undergraduate and graduate academic programs and expanded the College's reach internationally.

William Rodriguez, Chair and Assistant Professor, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Department, was named to the Public Safety Working Group on the Mayor's transition team. Rodriguez has worked in the criminal justice and legal systems for over 25 years. He has also served in a variety of leadership positions, including executive director of the Boston Campaign for Proficiency. He is a passionate and zealous advocate of human and civil rights, social justice, and democratic equity for youth.

The transition groups—comprising more than 200 practitioners, experts, community leaders and end users—will meet several times and each will host one public hearing. In addition, the Transition Committee will host one city-wide town hall meeting, at which these working groups—together with any interested Boston residents and stakeholders—can interact with the Mayor-elect and provide input for the incoming administration. Groups will present a report at the end of January. As part of Mayor-Elect Walsh's preparation to assume office on Jan. 6, the Transition Team created boston2014.org where residents can stay informed about the transition, share ideas and submit resumes for job consideration.

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