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Aileen Luo

Aileen Luo is a rising senior at Boston Latin School originally from Norwell, MA and now residing in Hyde Park. She is a second-generation Chinese-American, and it is through the exploration of this part of her identity that she became interested in public service and advocating and fighting for voices that have historically been marginalized.

With an inextinguishable spirit, Aileen is passionate about fostering and strengthening community wherever she leads, and she expresses her dedication to public service through her involvement with the world around her, both in and out of school. She has found a welcoming space in her school’s Asian Students in Action club, where she now serves as president. She also leads workshops and discussion series as a youth leader at the Greater Malden Asian-American Community Coalition and works as a tour guide at Asian Community Development Corporation,  educating visitors about the cultural history of Chinatown and issues that the neighborhood faces today, such as gentrification. This community work has granted her an understanding of the importance of public policy and thus public service to the well-being of communities across the city and strengthened her commitment to working to improve the lives and amplify the voices of underserved community members. Aileen hopes to study biochemistry and public policy in college and pursue a career in the public sector involving health or mental health services. She is infinitely grateful for her opportunity to give back to the community that helped her discover herself.

Aileen will be working in the office of City Councilor Michelle Wu this summer and is excited to learn about the intricacies of policy from the first woman of color to serve as City Council President. She hopes to use the opportunity to become more involved with her local government and advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices.