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Marie St. Fleur
Marie St. Fleur is a highly effective and passionate organizational and program leader with 30 years of legislative, municipal and legal leadership linking public and private resources to bring transformational changes that enhance the quality of life in vulnerable communities.
Her experience as an attorney, legislator, senior leader in municipal government and nonprofit leader help drive grassroots research on early education and care and workforce systems, advocate for change, and expand engagement of families, providers, policymakers, government agencies, and the public.
Prior to launching St. Fleur Communications, Ms. St. Fleur served as President and CEO of a research and advocacy nonprofit in Boston. There she led the formation of the influential Put MA Kids First Coalition securing increased investment in early education and care in Massachusetts for 2 consecutive fiscal years (2016, 2017), and the creation of the Early Education Small Business Innovation Center in Roxbury, the first of its type in Massachusetts.
Ms. St. Fleur was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino on June 13, 2010, as Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment for the City of Boston. In that capacity Ms. St. Fleur led the Mayor Menino Circle of Promise Initiative and oversaw the Department of Intergovernmental Relations, The Office of New Bostonian, The Small and Local Business/Boston Jobs for Boston Residents Policy, and his Diversity and Reentry Initiatives.
Former State Representative Marie St. Fleur served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eleven years. She is the first Haitian-American elected to state office in the United States and the first woman to serve as the Vice Chair of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. As the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, Representative St. Fleur championed two-way bilingual education, alternative education and led the establishment of the new Massachusetts Board and Department of Early Education and Care.
A former Assistant Middlesex District Attorney and Assistant State Attorney General, Ms. St. Fleur has significant experience protecting underserved communities in the areas of criminal justice, human services and civil rights.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Representative St. Fleur earned a Law Degree from Boston College Law School in 1987. Ms. St. Fleur served as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation, is a former trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She has been featured on WCVB Television's City Line and Chronicle, WGBH Television's Greater Boston, Boston Magazine and Commonwealth Magazine. Ms. St. Fleur is a recipient of Boston Business Journal's 2014 Women Up award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, and Nativity Preparatory School.
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