Standing, left to right: Lucia Mudd, John Mudd, Hubie Jones, Kim Janey, Jerry Mogul
Seated: Kathy Jones

Kim Janey, Senior Project Director of MAC’s Boston School Reform project, elected District 7 City Councilor

With deep gratitude for her work on behalf of Boston children, we wish Kim Janey, Senior Project Director of MAC’s Boston School Reform project (BSR), a heartfelt goodbye as she begins her term as District 7 City Councilor. Kim has been with MAC for 17 years, leading the way in our school reform advocacy in the Boston Public Schools. She was sworn in on the first of January.

As deputy director and later director of BSR, Kim led efforts to advocate for systemic policy reforms that would ensure equity and excellence in education for students in Boston Public Schools (BPS), with a special focus on eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps for children of color, immigrant children, students who are learning English, children with disabilities, and those living in poverty.

Kim’s leadership with BSR’s work has always been in partnership with parents, communities, and civil rights groups. Specifically, she led BSR’s successful efforts to create a new family and community outreach coordinator position at many schools, to represent the community voice in two teacher union contract negotiations and to ensure that quality of school, not just neighborhood, was a key criterion in the student assignment process.

Kim led her team in advocating with East Boston parents for a new dual language program at the Umana Academy, and advocated with BPS and local civil rights groups to increase teacher diversity, revise the BPS Code of Conduct to assure fair discipline practices and alternatives to excluding students, and increase diversity at the BPS exam schools, particularly Boston Latin School.

Before leaving MAC, Kim led an effort to recast the Boston School Reform project as the Racial Equity and Access Project (REAP), framing it with a more intentional racial justice lens going forward that strategically addresses the opportunity and achievement gaps affecting Black and Latino students.

We thank Kim for her contributions to MAC and dedication to justice for vulnerable Boston school children, and wish her the best in her continued advocacy as a city councilor in Boston.

Click here for a video of Kim’s maiden speech as City Councilor.