Raised in Boston
Alkia is running for city council because she cares deeply about giving back to the District 5 neighborhoods of Boston she calls home. Alkia grew up on River Street in Mattapan and is now raising her 14 year old daughter, Zoe, in Hyde Park. She learned about hard work and respect from her mother, who moved to Boston at the age of 18 from the deep south to pursue greater opportunities and supported her family working as a single mother. She taught Alkia never to judge anyone because of where they came from or what their background was.
Alkia graduated from the Boston Public Schools and put herself through Fisher College to earn her degree in Business Administration. Self-reliant like her mother, Alkia raised her daughter as a single parent, and has successfully navigated the challenges of housing displacement and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Even as a teenager, Alkia was a natural at connecting with others of different backgrounds and engaging in community action, starting her first job at the age of 14 and being involved in various school activities. As the parent of a teenager, she's aware of the challenges parents face, and is committed to providing an excellent education and strong role models for Boston's children.
A Career in Public Service
Alkia's professional career has focused on civic engagement in the Boston community, working first at UMass Boston and more recently for The City of Boston. Through her work at UMass Boston’s Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs, she had the opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from, many of the city’s business, government and community leaders. For the City of Boston, she worked at the Mayor’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, addressing discrimination and increasing fair access to housing within underserved, hard-to-reach populations. To focus on her campaign, she recently resigned from her most current City of Boston position as Neighborhood Business Manager, where she supported small businesses in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Alkia is also well known in Boston for her leadership and energetic dedication to strengthening community and helping others as a volunteer. She has made a positive impact as a board member, organizer, and event planner in Boston’s nonprofit and civic organizations, including the Boston Branch of the NAACP, The Massachusetts Advocates for Children, The Greater Boston YMCA, The Boston Police Department, and VietAID Community Center. She is the recipient of many awards for her community service.
Ready to Serve District 5
Throughout her work in public service, Alkia learned that government works best when leaders connect well to the people they serve, and she looks forward to doing that as District 5 City Councilor. As she's been walking the district and talking to residents, she's heard about issues that matter to you -- issues that matter to her as well.
We must manage the impact of development on our neighborhoods, so longtime residents are not displaced and our neighborhoods and business districts survive and thrive. We must assure that our streets are safe for children, families, and seniors, working to reduce gun violence and enhance community policing, and to provide our youth with the opportunities and services they need to remain healthy and achieve their potential. Together, we must stand up for our public schools so they have the buildings and resources they need, including a diverse teacher workforce, inclusive curriculum and policies, and adequate support for guidance and mental health services. We need to fight fare hikes and work for public transportation that is affordable and effective for students and working class families who depend on it. We must stand up for social justice and inclusion, to support members of our immigrant communities and to fight discrimination in all its forms. Alkia will work for these issues and many others that protect the integrity of our neighborhoods and the city services we all rely on.
"As your city councilor, I will prioritize the values of respect, equity, and community in all I do. I will commit to being accessible and transparent, and listening to and evaluating all sides carefully before making any decisions. I look forward to holding regular open office hours and meetings throughout the district and communicating with you regularly. Please connect to say hello, ask questions, or get involved. Your voices make our community stronger." -- Alkia