Pathways to Political Leadership Fellow: Lisa Wong [Photos]

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Asian American women, political representation, Massachusetts, elective office, women of color, photographs, Women's Pipeline for Change


American Politics | Asian American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Public Policy | Race and Ethnicity | Women's Studies


Mayor Lisa Wong is the first Asian-American female Mayor in the Commonwealth, having taken office in the City of Fitchburg in 2008 and earned re-election ever since. She has proven to be an effective leader distinguished for exercising fiscal responsibility while fostering economic development in her community. Deeply committed to women's leadership and civic engagement, Mayor Wong has held several training sessions in Fitchburg to empower residents to join boards and run for office. She also frequently speaks in the Asian American community to encourage people to become more engaged in the political process. As a woman of color elected to a political position, her research question delves into support strategies to get more women of color, especially Asian American women, more civically engaged and to run for office in Massachusetts.

This link includes photos of Lisa Wong and her Support Strategies for Asian American Women Leaders in Massachusetts project.