In 2018, Boston was a finalist for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award for its Boston’s Safest Driver app. The award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Boston engaged citizens to share data online about unsafe streets and developed a competitive gaming app that encouraged residents to improve their driving behaviors, with the goal of decreasing traffic-related fatalities.
Boston was a participant in the Cities of Service Love Your Block program. Through the program, participating cities support the efforts of residents to revitalize their neighborhoods. Cities of Service provided each city with $25,000 and two years of technical assistance and placed two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members in each city hall to build capacity for resident engagement. Learn more about the results of Boston’s efforts
Boston has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2010. Current Mayor Martin J. Walsh reaffirmed the city’s commitment by signing the Declaration of Service in 2014.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor Martin J. Walsh uses Love Your Block to cultivate citizen engagement among some of the city’s most under-represented neighborhoods and to instill a sense of community pride through block-based projects.
Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith
Jerome Smith currently serves as Mayor Martin J. Walsh's cabinet chief of civic engagement and director of the mayor’s office of neighborhood services. In this role, he advises the mayor on efforts to preserve and enhance the quality of services delivered to citizens.
Senior Adviser Kaira Fox
Kaira Fox is the senior adviser to the chief of civic engagement and program director for the implementation of the Love Your Block program in Boston.