Olivia Ardito is a rising senior at Boston Latin School. She was born in 2002, and has lived in the North End her whole life. An only child, she lives with her parents and her pet guinea pig. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries, listening to music, and learning new languages – everything from Spanish to ASL to Python. She also greatly enjoys spending time outdoors both skiing and swimming.
Olivia first became interested in politics when she joined the Mayor’s Youth Council two years ago. Through her work on the Youth Lead the Change committee, she was able to learn how important participation in local politics and activism is. Some examples of her favorite projects with YLC have been volunteering at the Woods Mullen Shelter, creating urban farms in food deserts, and installing more water fountains throughout the city. Olivia is an active member of the Sign Language Club, EPIIC, and YouthCan at BLS. During her junior year, she took the course AP Comparative Government to explore government at an international level. Through these activities, her interest in government and public service has grown exponentially and when she learned about the Ward Fellowship, she was eager to apply.
Olivia is extremely excited to be a Ward Fellow this year and work with City Councilor Matt O’Malley. She is very grateful to be able to participate in Boston’s government in a very hands on manner, and knows this amazing experience will be instrumental in furthering her political aspirations. Regardless of the circumstances brought by the current pandemic, she is profoundly appreciative of receiving this opportunity and for all the doors the fellowship will open for her.