MTA Friend of Education Award

Ayanna Pressley

ayanna pressleyU.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley is an advocate, a policymaker, an activist and a survivor. In November 2018 she was elected to represent the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, making her the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth. She has endured numerous hardships in her life, and it is because of those experiences that she remains a dedicated activist who is devoted to creating robust and informed policies. She has played a strong role in education, in particular through her experience as an at-large representative on the Boston City Council. Among other accomplishments, she revised and mandated enforcement of a pregnant and parenting teen policy for the Boston Public Schools that strengthened pathways to graduation, with the goal of reducing the dropout rate.

Elizabeth Warren

elizabeth warrenU.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is a fearless advocate for consumers and the middle class. She was re-elected to the Senate for a second term in November 2018, representing Massachusetts. Warren is one of the nation’s leading progressive voices and has fought for structural change that would transform the economy and strengthen the middle class. In education, she helped secure $750 million in debt relief for students who were targeted unfairly by predatory, for-profit colleges. A former teacher and a law professor, she has been a consistent and strong advocate on behalf of university students and graduates for significant relief from student loan debt.