Mayor Michelle Wu appoints former San Francisco environment chief Tiffany Chu as chief of staff
Tiffany Chu, an entrepreneur and former San Francisco environmental official, will serve as chief of staff to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the city announced Wednesday.
Chu is a former commissioner of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and former CEO and co-founder of transportation planning software platform Remix. His role, one of the most important in any mayoral administration, will include both day-to-day business and long-term priorities. She begins her transition to work next month, the city said.
“Tiffany brings a bold vision of what cities can do and how innovative teams can reshape what’s possible,” Wu said in a statement. “His planning and team building skills have already had an impact around the world.”
Chu’s expertise in transportation, planning and environmental issues reflects some of Wu’s top political priorities – and his selection for the critical role makes it clear how important these issues will play in the administration. A proud Orange Line commuter, Wu advocated for free public transit in the area and launched a Green New Deal for Boston.
The announcement comes as Wu continues to beef up his administration after a faster-than-usual two-week transition period in November. She has already appointed the majority of her cabinet, but a few priority positions, including the newly created role of adviser to the Green New Deal, remain vacant.
A first-generation Taiwanese American, Chu graduated from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served on the San Francisco Downtown Congestion Pricing Policy Advisory Committee. She has also worked at Code for America, Y Combinator, Zipcar and Continuum, and was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
“I have long been inspired by Mayor Wu and the new energy and inclusiveness that his administration represents,” Chu said in a statement. “I am incredibly honored to return to a city I love and look forward to getting started and building on Boston’s legacy as one of the most welcoming and enjoyable cities in the world.”
Chu succeeds Mary Lou Akai-Ferguson, who led Wu’s mayoral campaign and has since served as acting chief of staff.