2012 The Root 100

Ayanna Pressley is a Boston councilor at large who has rallied against the city's spate of violence.

  • Influence: 130.8
  • Reach: 8.0
  • Substance: 6.8
  • Media Mentions: 39
  • Internet Mentions: 84
  • Twitter Followers: 2990
  • Ayanna Pressley

  • Boston's first-ever councilwoman of color, who founded a program to help stabilize families, reduce violence and combat poverty.
  • Job: Boston city councilor at large
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @AyannaPressley
  • Location: Boston
  • Age: 38
  • Bio: Ayanna Pressley continues to represent her constituents in Boston's Roxbury-Dorchester areas. She was decisively re-elected in November 2011 after winning votes in every neighborhood in the city, regardless of its racial makeup. She has fought to help stabilize families and communities, reduce and prevent violence and trauma, combat poverty and address issues that disproportionately affect women and girls. Pressley, who spent the early part of her career as an aide to U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, made history in 2009 when she became the only woman among 15 candidates to earn one of four at-large spots in the Boston City Council, becoming the first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history. Visit her website and like her Facebook page.