Congrats to Amy Sangiolo, vice chair of the Newton Dems, for being honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines. Here, she is pictured with Rep. Kay Khan at the State House. From the Newton TAB:
Alicia Bowman and Amy Mah Sangiolo, both of Newton, were honored as members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines at a ceremony at the Statehouse on June 20. Rep. Ruth Balser recommended Bowman for this recognition because of her advocacy for transportation planning with a particular focus on encouraging walking and biking. Rep. Kay Khan recommended Sangiolo for public service in Newton as a city councilor.
Bowman has been a passionate advocate for safety-oriented bike infrastructure in Newton. As the president of Bike Newton, she has worked to create biking and walking trails that connect to an MBTA stop. She is the co-founder and chair of Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force and also launched the Smart Streets summer camp program. Bowman is a board member of the Newton League of Women Voters and chairs the Transportation Committee. Additionally, she serves as Newton’s pedestrian coordinator and has developed ordinances to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians.
Sangiolo served on the Newton City Council for 20 years and ran for mayor in 2017. Throughout her career she has advocated for zoning improvements, affordable housing and improvements to Newton Schools. She has worked with numerous environmental groups, and been active in the Asian American community. Prior to her retirement from the City Council, Sangiolo was the longest-serving Asian American elected official in Massachusetts.