“Our neighborhoods need more of a connection to City Hall. We need to strategically improve the day-to-day quality of life for all residents and make thoughtful long-term decisions to manage growth and preserve the uniqueness of our city.” – Kristen Mobilia
Boston City Council Candidate, District 8
Lifelong Boston Roots and Commitment to Community
Kristen is a respected Boston community leader and advocate, a fourth-generation Bostonian, and a District 8 resident for the past two decades. She grew up just outside Boston in a predominantly Jewish community, which provided additional perspective to her family’s Catholic background. Her parents chose the community for its priority on public education and its progressive community.
Kristen’s mother, a retired public-school teacher and community advocate, grew up on Mission Hill, where Kristen’s Irish ancestors lived for generations. Kristen’s father and extended Italian family instilled in her a strong connection to the outdoors, gardens and nature, which underpins Kristen’s ongoing leadership on behalf of the city’s parks and open spaces, and a deep commitment to addressing the challenges posed by mounting climate changes.
A reflection of her family, Kristen has a strong work ethic and a sense of fairness and respect toward others. She balances realism with an optimism in the toughest situations. Above all, Kristen maintains a fierce commitment to improving her community, giving back and looking out for the underserved.
Blending a Business Background with Community Advocacy
Kristen offers over 20 years of executive experience in Finance, Operations and Human Resources and has held leadership roles in Boston professional services firms, startups, and non-profits. She is currently Vice President of Finance & Human Resources at a Boston area broadcast and video production firm. She earned her BA in Economics and Business from Colby College and her MBA from Northeastern University.
Kristen is a dedicated Boston community organizer and tireless volunteer – always ready to work hard for the greater good. She has served as a leader and advocate for the city’s historic Fenway Victory Gardens as past president and board member. For 15 years, Kristen has played a role in city housing, serving as a trustee of the 74-unit Lincoln Halls Condo Association. She is an active member of numerous District 8 neighborhood organizations where she has brought community members together; forming action committees and taking on issues related to public safety, transportation, and environmental concerns.
Kristen blends a business background and the desire to play a broader role with regard to equitable, accessible and innovative public education; affordable and integrated housing; green space and environmental stewardship, and public health and safety.
“We should aim high and expect more from our elected representatives and ourselves.”
A Leader Who Inspires Engagement and Gets Results
As a community leader, Kristen has witnessed a real need for hands-on city council leadership within District 8. Community organizers and neighborhood advocates like Kristen need to be able to count on a city councilor who is active and present every day in our neighborhoods, a city councilor who gets directly involved and knows how to engage community and build consensus to get real results.
In a first challenge to the incumbent in the 2017 election for Boston City Council District 8, Kristen earned 33% of the vote. Kristen didn’t stop there – the day after the election, she was back out in the neighborhoods, participating in community meetings, working to understand challenges and mapping out how we can all work together on behalf of all we love about our city.
Kristen believes that we all need to contribute to truly make our neighborhoods and city better. A big part of that is voting for local representation! Kristen has the ability to better serve Boston’s diverse population by bringing the community’s voice to decision-makers in our city government.
“Now and through the coming year, I respectfully ask for your vote in 2019 and the opportunity to represent you as your Boston City Councilor.” – Kristen Mobilia