Michelle Wu Biography – Michelle Wu Wiki
Michelle Wu is an American lawyer and politician who is a member of the Boston City Council and the mayor-elect of Boston. First elected to the Boston City Council in November 2013 at the age of 28, Wu is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the Council. In January 2016, she was elected President of the City Council by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, becoming the first woman of color to serve as Council President.
She got her start in City Hall working for Mayor Thomas M. Menino as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy, where she created the city’s first guide to the restaurant permitting process from start to finish, and was also a driving force to launch Boston’s food truck program. She later served as statewide Constituency Director in the U.S. Senate campaign of her former law professor, Elizabeth Warren.
As a former restaurant owner, legal services attorney, and legal guardian of her younger sister, Wu understands firsthand the barriers that families and communities face. She has a background in community advocacy, having worked at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, providing legal advice to low-income small business owners, as well as at the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center on immigration law cases for survivors of domestic violence.
In 2016, Wu was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and as part of Marie Claire magazine’s New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America.
Wu graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, and lives in Roslindale with her husband Conor Pewarski and her sons Blaise and Cass.
Michelle Wu Age
She was born on January 14, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She was born shortly after her parents immigrated from Taiwan. Wu grew up in a Chinese family.
Michelle Wu Husband
She has been married to Conor Pewarski since 2012. Wu married Conor Pewarski, a Boston banker, after she graduated from Harvard Law School in 2012.
Michelle Wu Children
She has two young children – sons Blaise and Cass – ages 4 and 6.
Michelle Wu Parents
She is the daughter of Han Wu (father) and Yu-Min (mother). Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan. Han Wu, a chemical engineer, had been offered a spot as a graduate student at Illinois Institute of Technology. But he and his wife barely spoke English. Wu was often the unofficial interpreter for her Chinese-speaking parents. Her father had lived apart from the family starting when she was in high school. Her parents eventually divorced.
Her sister Sherelle Wu said their parents encouraged them to range widely but expected mastery. “They always made us feel that we could do anything, but whatever we chose, we had to be the best,” Sherelle Wu, a lawyer, said. “You know, I could have been an artist, but I had to be Picasso. My brother played the cello, and he could be Yo-Yo Ma.”
Michelle Wu Family
She is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. Her mother and sisters live in Boston. Wu helped raise her two younger sisters while caring for her mother during a mental health crisis shortly after her undergrad years at Harvard. Her mother suffered from late onset schizophrenia, which developed into a full blown mental health crisis.
Michelle Wu Siblings
She has two younger sisters. Wu served as official guardian to one of her sisters, who attended the Eliot School, where Lydia Torres was the assistant principal. Torres recounted how Wu became actively involved in her sister’s education, even joining the city-wide parent council.
“I remember a lot of the parents would ask, ‘When did she have this kid again?” Torres recalled. “This was her sister and she became her guardian. She was very young and she knew how to be a parent at the young age.”
Michelle Wu Salary
In 2020, Wu worked as a City Councilor for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and had a reported pay of $103,330.78 according to OpenPayrolls.com citing public records.
Michelle Wu Net Worth
The Chicago-born daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Michelle Wu’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
Michelle Wu Instagram
Her Instagram handle is @wutrain.