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Friday, November 19, 2021

吳弭將指派Segun Idowu出任經濟發展長

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                (Boston Orange 周菊子綜合報導) 波士頓市長吳弭還未發佈人事任命,但她的辦公室人員已對外透露,波士頓市經濟發展長將敦請麻州黑人經濟協會(BECMA)董事長Segun Idowu出任。

             根據推特上的一份活動視頻,Segun Idowu本人在該協會年會上也宣佈此事,表示他將於1231日卸任,並於13日就任新職。

             在推特上,吳弭還轉推了該則推文,加註新首長閣員剛出爐 (New cabinet chief just dropped)”

吳弭轉推Segun Idowu將出任波士頓市經濟發展長一職的推文。
         Segun Idowu之前曾在波士頓市政府,愛德華甘迺迪研究院 (Edward M. Kennedy Institute)工作,還曾經參選代表海德公園 (Hyde Park)的麻州眾議員。

             根據麻州黑人經濟協會上的董事長暨執行長介紹,Segun Idowu是波士頓拉丁學院學生,取得喬治亞州亞特蘭大Morehouse學院歷史學位,並獲有美國學術界最著名組織Phi Beta Kappa,以及金鑰匙會社的榮譽。

             去年他到波士頓基金會接受訪談時,詳述了他的過往經歷。2012年大學畢業後,他加入波士頓市第4區市議員Charles C. Yancey辦公室,2年後轉任聯邦參議員愛德華甘迺迪研究院工作。2018他加入牛頓市長Setti Warren角逐麻州州長位的競選團隊,擔任務財務主任。這讓他受啟發,同年自己參選麻州眾議員,後來麻州黑人經濟協會邀他當行政主任。

             在那期間,他於2014年和高中同學Shekia Scott組織了波士頓警察相機行動組(BPCAT),期以藉由警察穿戴相機,加強波士頓市內的安全及問責程度,並促成2018年底前,波士頓警察開始配戴相機。2021年,波士頓雜誌表揚他是波士頓內最有影響力的100人之一。

            年僅30出頭的   Segun Idowu獲指派為波士頓市經濟長,透露出波士頓市新任市長吳弭打造年輕內閣,或平衡內閣年齡、族裔的意圖。

                波士頓環球報17日刊登的一篇文章指出,波士頓市的前任經濟發展長 John Barros   在2度角逐波士頓市長一職失利後,將出任商業地產經紀公司 Cushman & Wakefield的管理長 (Managing Principal)。

               波士頓市府19日中午發出新聞稿,正式宣佈了這一消息,同時說明,在John Barrow辭職後,出任代理經濟發展長,日裔的Midori Morikawa,將繼續在該職位上工作到年底,然後轉換到市府其他部門工作。(更新版)

CABINET CHIEF TO LEAD ECONOMIC RECOVERY, CLOSE RACIAL WEALTH GAP

November 19, 2021

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MAYOR'S OFFICE

Segun Idowu, President and CEO of BECMA, to oversee Boston’s economic development departments and city contracting.

Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the appointment of Segun Idowu, currently President and CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, as Boston’s new Chief of Economic Opportunity & Inclusion. In this role, Idowu will lead the city’s efforts to advance neighborhood economic development, support business growth and formation, and spearhead reforms to city contracting, all with a goal of closing the racial wealth gap and expanding equitable job and business opportunities for Boston residents.

“Segun Idowu has expanded our vision for what is possible when we champion inclusive business and economic development and use our city’s resources to build wealth and opportunity in every community,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’ve worked alongside Segun to require equitable city contracting and ensure that Boston invests in building wealth in our communities. I’m thrilled that Segun will be leading our efforts to grow a thriving, inclusive and equitable economy as the Chief of Economic Opportunity & Inclusion.”

Segun Idowu is the President and CEO of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, whose mission is to advance the economic wellbeing of Black businesses, organizations that support the Black community, and Black residents of the Commonwealth.

“I am grateful to Mayor Wu for giving me this opportunity to serve the city I love and grew up in in this way,” said Idowu. “I am excited at the prospect of working with my colleagues in an administration keenly focused on making Boston an equitable world-class city for all.”

Idowu is a proud product of the Boston Public Schools and a 2012 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with honors from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Societies. 

Following his graduation, Segun Idowu joined the office of then-District 4 City Councilor Charles C. Yance as a Legislative Aide. After two successful years, Idowu transitioned to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. At this time, Idowu organized the Boston Police Camera Action Team (BPCAT) in 2014 with fellow high school graduate, Shekia Scott. As a result of BPCAT’s advocacy, Boston police officers were equipped with mandatory body cameras, a major step in furthering accountability and safety in Boston. In April 2021, Idowu was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the City of Boston.”

Wu also announced that Interim Chief of Economic Development Midori Morikawa would continue to serve in the role through the end of the year and then transition into a new city role supporting neighborhood economic growth. As Interim Chief, Morikawa led the launch of multiple campaigns to help Boston’s workforce and economy recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the All Inclusive Boston campaignB-Local and most recently the Restaurant Revitalization Program. She also helped launch small business relief funds to aid business owners in their reopening and recovery. 

“I am excited to stay with Mayor Wu’s administration, support the transition, and continue the ongoing work of neighborhood economic recovery and small business growth,” said Morikawa. “This is a moment to expand what’s possible in Boston.” 


              

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