About Mayor Lisa Wong
Lisa A. Wong is serving her third term as Mayor of the city of Fitchburg. She was first elected to that office in November of 2007 at the age of 28, and is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian American mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mayor Wong made fiscal stability one of her top priorities even before the global financial crisis hit in 2008. During her first two and a half years in office, she consolidated 22 city departments into 10, built up a stabilization fund from $20,000 to over $4,600,000, and balanced the budget. As a result, the city’s bond rating, a measure of financial health, has increased twice.
By managing more effectively in lean times, Mayor Wong has been able to lower crime, make significant capital improvements, and attract private investment. She is also a leader in conservation efforts, setting aside over 1,700 acres for permanent conservation and building parks and trails along the Nashua River, allowing for more tourism, as well as enjoyment by the citizens of Fitchburg.
Mayor Wong grew up in Massachusetts and attended Boston University where she received a dual Bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics, and Master’s degree in economics. She began working for the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority in 2001 and became the agency’s Executive Director in 2004. As Director, she managed several urban renewal projects to revitalize Fitchburg, such as the redevelopment of a former General Electric facility into a modern business complex.
Mayor Wong has become known throughout the state as one of the most effective leaders in economic restructuring, environmental affairs, and redevelopment projects and was recently asked to head the Gateway Cities Initiative statewide. Mayor Wong currently resides on Fitch Hill Road in the home she spent many years renovating.
For more info on Mayor Wong, check out her video, 32 Questions about Lisa Wong to learn more about her history.