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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu with other representatives at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Workforce Initiative
Mayor Michelle Wu joined Massachusetts Secretary of Labor, Lauren Jones, along with representatives and leaders of the Life Sciences Industry for a press conference announcing the Massachusetts Life Sciences Workforce Initiative. (Boston Mayor’s Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu knew that the city needed to hire thousands of workers to meet growth demands in the life sciences industry. But Black and Brown residents and those without college degrees historically have been excluded from the sector’s wealth and prosperity, exacerbating persistent inequity.

Mayor Wu and her team were committed to building an actionable plan, but wanted to ensure the plan was tailored specifically to Boston and this unique issue.

$4 million

Allocated to training and hiring Boston residents in life sciences

During the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative program, Mayor Wu’s team put together a diagram that identified the major issues and considerations of the goal and made a plan that fit the city.

Their experience in the program helped them identify entry points, determine stakeholder buy-in needs, and understand where additional authorization was needed to move forward.

In June 2023, Mayor Wu announced the new city workforce initiative, with the goal to help 1,000 Boston residents get trained and hired into the life sciences industry by the end of 2025.

With tremendous support from industry, training providers, and higher education partners, this initiative will change the way companies hire in our region by connecting them with the talented workforce that lives in our neighborhoods. Mayor Michelle Wu
Boston, Massachusetts

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