Michelle Ciccolo, GLPP Alumna ’91, Wins 15th Middlesex District Seat in MA House of Representatives
Michelle Ciccolo earned a Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy graduate certificate in 1991 and a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) in 1995 at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. In this interview with Muna Killingback of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, she discusses her career trajectory and shares advice for young women considering a run for office.
What experiences do you feel most prepared you for this position?
I am starting out in this position mid-career and middle-aged, so I bring a lot of experience and knowledge gained over the course of my career. As an assistant town administrator doing community development in Hudson for 20 years, I managed a range of projects and spearheaded new initiatives. I was a Lexington Selectmen for five years and was also on the planning board—so I’ve been an elected official for eight years. In that role, I learned how to navigate controversy, bring people to consensus, set a vision, and make progress toward shared goals. That’s a useful skill set to bring to the State House.
What is the most pressing issue you hope to tackle right away?
Click here to read the full article published by UMass Boston News on 11 December 2018.