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In the news: Karilyn Crockett

In the news: Karilyn Crockett
Karilyn Crockett. COURTESY PHOTO

Karilyn Crockett has been appointed chief of equity for the City of Boston, a cabinet-level position the mayor established last week to embed equity and racial justice into all city planning, operations and work moving forward. Crockett brings to this new role extensive background in urban studies and planning with a lens on addressing inequities, leadership as a published author and lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and insight on municipal government from her time as director of economic policy & research, and director of small business development for the City of Boston.

Under Crockett’s leadership, the Office of Equity will be charged with leading the administration’s efforts across departments to embed equity into all city work, and actively work to dismantle racism by putting an intentional focus on supporting communities of color and marginalized groups across all departments, and building equitable governmental structures to sustain this work. The office will support cross-department collaborative functions that advance innovative equity and opportunity policies and practices, including the strategies outlined in Imagine Boston 2030. To do this work, the office will utilize and leverage the city’s partnership and collaboration with community residents, nonprofit organizations and business leaders to promote equitable government policies and outcomes.

Crockett most recently worked as a lecturer of Public Policy & Urban Planning at MIT. Prior to that, she worked in the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development, where she was tasked with creating an equity-driven policy framework for guiding job creation, small business development, neighborhood revitalization and public procurement strategies.

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