From The Community For The Community
Elizabeth “Liz” Miranda is an example of what can become of Boston’s young people when they are given the opportunity to rise above their circumstances. As a first generation Cape Verdean-American and lifelong Roxbury resident, Liz has spent her entire life in the district she now represents. She is a Wellesley College alumna and proud graduate of the John D O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury. Elected in November, Liz now serves as a State Representative of the Fifth Suffolk District, which includes neighborhoods in Roxbury and Dorchester.
Liz is a true youth champion, community organizer, and philanthropist. She has had a long career in both community building and youth development which began as a teen living in the Dudley Street neighborhood through the Nubian Roots Youth Committee, the DSNI Board, Mytown,Inc., Teen Empowerment and the Orchard Gardens Teen Center. Liz has been a staunch advocate for gun violence prevention, environmental justice, economic empowerment, and for women and girls of color. As an activist, educator, non-profit executive, and now legislator, Liz has always utilized social innovation to drive community change.
Her life-long work has activated and amplified resident and youth power. As a State Legislator, she sits on the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Joint Committee of Community Development and Small Businesses, Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. The issues most important to her are maternal health and justice, environmental justice, gun violence, and criminal justice reform. In order to make the Commonwealth of Massachusetts more equitable, Liz hopes that her representation and voice will elevate marginalized citizens to be a part of a government that values opportunity for all.