Councilor Lydia Edwards has spent her entire career as an advocate, activist, and as a voice on behalf of society's most vulnerable. In 2015, she was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe.
Councilor Edwards served as the deputy director within the Mayor's Office of Housing Stability where she was responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions to fight displacement and brought together all stakeholders: landlords, management companies, housing authorities, and tenants. She also worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on labor issues such as fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. In addition, she served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.