Who We Are
By the mid-21st century, the United States will be a “majority-minority” nation. Broader representation in politics is becoming an emerging strategic imperative. If adequately addressed, the net results will be seen through legislation, resulting in solidifying confidence in its constituents, help close the wealth gap, reduce health disparities, and strengthen local economics future for decades to come. In the very near future, a thriving minority community translates into thriving cities, towns, and municipalities.
In response to this growing trend, in partnership with Julia Mejia, Boston City Councilor-at-large, Christie Lindor of Tessi Consulting, and The Determined Divas, the Political Lab pilot program was born.
The Political Lab focuses on creating political capacity through political literacy, training, job placement, and political campaign consulting specifically for the BIPOC community.
Many thanks to our sponsor and partner organizations:
Create a sustainable bench of trained BIPOC campaign staff, volunteers, public citizens, aides, and other political operatives across the state of Massachusetts.
Provide program alum job placement opportunities and networking opportunities within the political sphere.
Cultivate an online & offline community to connect a robust and active political alums network to help match political candidates with educated campaign and office staff.
We want to help inspire and prepare Black and Brown people to run for political and legislative positions at all levels of government. We want to provide BIPOC candidates with the tools they need to run for office, as well as develop an urban capacity to launch & organize well run issue-based campaigns.
The Political Lab program launched with a bootcamp initiative focused on political literacy. The Bootcamp was comprised of three tracks on running for office, campaigning, and volunteering.
About our Founders
Julia is the Founder of the Political Lab and a Boston City Councilor at Large, the first Afro Latina to be elected as a Boston City Councilor. In her role, she is the Chair of the Small Business and Workforce Development Committee as well as the Civil Rights committee. In this role, she oversees legislation and policy issues affecting business development, licensing, and regulations to ensure a fair, equitable, and vibrant market for both businesses and consumers in the City of Boston.
Prior to being City Councilor, Julia is the Founder of the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN) and a social entrepreneur. Julia also has experience working on national social justice campaigns as a producer & director for MTV Networks for over 10 years.
Christie is the Co-Founder of the Political Lab and CEO of Tessi Consulting, a diversity & inclusion consultancy focused on creating an anti-racist & anti-sexist Corporate America. Prior to Tessi, Christie advised Fortune 500 clients for the world’s top consulting firms such as IBM, Deloitte, & EY for the past 20 years. She is an author, college professor, and speaker.
Christie’s political experiences began as the elected Vice Chair of the Henry County Democratic Committee in Georgia during early 2000s focus and push to turn the state blue.
She is the former campaign manager for the 2018 race of State Representative Liz Miranda, the first Cape Verdean-American woman elected in the City of Boston. Since then, she has continued to support and advise Black & Brown political candidates running for office in Boston, Providence Rhode Island, and Atlanta Georgia.
Countdown to Election Day
2021 Pilot by the Numbers
We have closed our application for the Spring Cohort. We will open up our application for the Fall Cohort after the November 2021 election. Please send us an email if you would like to be notified when the application is available.
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