Michelle is one of 46 women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.
We asked Michelle why now more than ever we need equal representation of women in governing bodies. Her response: “At a time when the Federal government is failing us, it is essential for those who believe in good governance to step up and lead. Effective local, regional, and state government can make a real and positive difference in people’s lives. Having chosen public service as my life-long career, I have broad and extensive experience leading on a wide range of issues, including improving access to transportation, addressing climate change, promoting public health initiatives, and creating affordable housing. I want to use my knowledge and understanding of these topics to better the lives of our residents throughout the Commonwealth.
The massive wealth gap that exists in Massachusetts and throughout the United States is one of the defining issues of our time. If we don’t work to address the inequities in our society today, we cannot hope to continue on with prosperity only for some, because the inequality, unchecked, will ultimately cause decay and decline for all. Massachusetts can and should be a leader in this area, setting an example for the nation with higher standards in educational achievement, universal healthcare, environmental sustainability, and scientific discovery, among other areas where we excel. I ran for the House of Representatives in order to work closely with fellow legislators, advocacy organizations, unions, and residents to enact policies that ensure that all in Massachusetts thrive and prosper, and I look forward to hitting the ground running in January.”
More about Michelle
Michelle Ciccolo has devoted her career to public service. She has worked as an executive in municipal government, held leadership positions in regional planning, and has been a highly regarded contributor to State boards and commissions.
Michelle grew up in Lexington, attended Lexington Public Schools, and served on Town Meeting when she came back from college. She and her husband, Philip Jackson, have raised their sons in Lexington. Their older son is off to college and their younger son will graduate from LHS next year.
Michelle has served on the Lexington Planning Board and is now Vice Chair of the Board of Selectmen, serving her second three-year term. Her government service includes three terms as President of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), two terms as the First Vice-President of the Massachusetts Selectman’s Association on the statewide Mass. Municipal Association Board and years meeting monthly with State agency heads, the Lt. Governor and sometimes the Governor as an appointee to the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Commission.
Michelle has served on numerous state-wide boards specializing in Transportation, public health, and the environment. She is a noted expert in transportation circles, having been a driving force behind such important initiatives as the Statewide Complete Streets Program, the Assabet River Rail Trail and recent efforts to improve Suburban Mobility. The work that she has contributed to has touched the lives of thousands of people.
Michelle currently runs her own business – the Ciccolo Group, LLC – a small consulting firm which specializes in planning, community development, municipal management, permitting, and real estate management.