John Barros is the son of immigrants from the Islands of Cabo Verde in West Africa and a lifelong resident of Roxbury and Dorchester. He has been a local community organizer since age 14, and at age 17 he became the youngest person appointed to the board of directors of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). John attended Dartmouth College for his B.A. in African and African American Studies, then returned to Boston to continue his work for DSNI. He also received an M.A. from Tufts University in Public Policy. John joined the Boston School Committee in 2010 and served for 3 years before resigning to run his mayoral campaign. After losing to Mayor Marty Walsh, he was appointed as the Chief of Economic Development in 2014. John served as Chief until 2021. Other than his role in government, John owns Restaurant Cesaria on Bowdoin Street.
Party affiliation: Democrat
Three Major Science and Technology Related Efforts in Boston:
- Established the largest urban community land trust in the country
- Opened a 10,000 square foot greenhouse in Roxbury
- Led the initiative to convert 450 vacant lots into affordable housing, schools, and public gardens in Roxbury and Dorchester