Boston: Mayor Wu Announces New Roxbury Neighborhood Liaison, Asha Janay

~ Mayor Michelle Wu has announced Asha Janay as the new Roxbury Liaison in the Office of Neighborhood Services. Asha will serve as the primary contact for constituents and businesses in the neighborhoods seeking to connect with the Mayor's Office, and will facilitate the delivery of services in collaboration with City departments.

"Asha immigrated to Boston at a young age—growing up in Roxbury and attending Madison Park. Her leadership will help us get City Hall out of City Hall, addressing the everyday concerns of families as our new Roxbury neighborhood liaison," said Mayor Wu.

The Office of Neighborhood Services liaisons play an important role in connecting residents to City services and resources by facilitating citizen input in all aspects of local government through service requests, attending neighborhood meetings, and emergency responses.

Asha was born in Somalia and raised in Roxbury. She attended Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School and graduated from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School before earning her bachelor's degree in psychology from Lesley University. Asha previously worked at MCPAP for Moms as a Resource and Referral Specialist, helping pregnant and postpartum individuals and families access treatment and support throughout Massachusetts.

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Brianna Millor, Chief of the Community Engagement Cabinet, commented on Asha's appointment: "Asha is poised to be an effective leader serving the Roxbury community. She has an impressive skill set providing services, resources, and building relationships with community members through a holistic approach to constituent services. We are grateful to have her on our team."

Asha expressed her enthusiasm for continuing to help Roxbury thrive: "Roxbury taught me how to survive and navigate the real world," she said. "It is a very special place to me and the first neighborhood I lived in since coming to America. Roxbury made me the person I am today."

As she takes on her new role as Liaison for Roxbury, Asha looks forward to connecting with constituents, long standing community leaders, small businesses, and local organizations so she can identify effective ways to support her beloved hometown.

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