HOW BOSTON CAN RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is here! Boston must be fully prepared for climate emergencies such as flooding and extreme heat. Boston’s city government has an operating and capital budget in the billions and, as overseer of parks, streets, and hundreds of city and school buildings, is well-positioned to invest in energy efficiency, fossil fuel reduction, green new jobs, and green educational awareness; Colimon wants to build a greener, walkable, bikeable Boston for more vulnerable citizens who need a climate-safe city, and our youngest citizens who need to be able to look forward to a bright future.

James “Reggie” Colimon is an experienced International Partnerships Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. He served as Mayor Walsh’s Liaison to the City Council | 2014 – 2017.

  • Pioneered the City of Boston’s first Free Immigration Clinic (in 2004). Attorney experts in all facets of immigration volunteered and offered free immigration advice to people who could not afford a lawyer.

    • Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic has offered advice virtually and saw approximately 500 people last year.

  • Managed the “We Are Boston” event for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement [previously known as the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians]. Served as a catalyst for the majority of the event, balancing leadership with teamwork. This large event with over 1,000 attendees, included sponsorships, media, entertainment, award nominations, auction items, invitations, program materials, and catering. The event has been a tremendous success for several years, highlighting the works of such keynotes as the late Senator Ted Kennedy, Bill Russell, David Ortiz, and Yo-Yo Ma.

  • Helped build a Global Affairs team within Mayor Walsh’s Office of Economic Development, hosting international dignitaries, officials, and delegations from the four corners of the globe, and bringing new economic and partnership opportunities to Boston.

  • Active Member of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy – City Diplomacy.

  • Active Member of Protocol Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA).

  • His background has strong business development skills with an MBA/MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies focused on International Business Management/International Policy Studies from Middlebury College. 

  • He served the City of Boston as International Partnerships Manager | Global Affairs | 2017 – 2021

  • He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and working knowledge of Portuguese. He immigrated from Haiti over 35 years ago.