Marie St. Fleur, J.D.

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Principal, St. Fleur Communications

Marie St. Fleur is a highly effective and passionate organizational and program leader with 30 years of legislative, municipal and legal leadership. Linking public and private resources through strong partnerships, she helps generate effective changes that enhance the quality of life in vulnerable communities; creating targeted approaches to closing the work opportunity gap.

Her experience as an attorney, legislator, senior leader in municipal government and nonprofit leader informs her ability to assist clients to develop strategic partnerships to advance mutual goals, create effective messaging to build support and amplify voice for transformational change, promote civic engagement that leverages community strengths to reach agreed objectives.

Prior to launching St. Fleur Communications, Ms. St. Fleur served as President and CEO of a research and advocacy nonprofit in Boston. There she led the formation of the influential Put MA Kids First Coalition securing increased investment in early education and care in Massachusetts for 2 consecutive fiscal years (2016, 2017), and the creation of the Early Education Small Business Innovation Center in Roxbury, the first of its type in Massachusetts.

Ms. St. Fleur was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino on June 13, 2010, as Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment for the City of Boston. In that capacity, Ms. St. Fleur led the Mayor Menino Circle of Promise Initiative supported diversity and reentry Initiatives, supervised the Department of Intergovernmental Relations, The Office of New Bostonians, The Office of Small and Local Business Enterprise, and the Boston Jobs for Boston Residents Policy.

Former State Representative Marie St. Fleur served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for eleven years. She is the first Haitian-American elected to state office in the United States and the first woman to serve as the Vice Chair of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. As the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, Representative St. Fleur championed two-way bilingual education, alternative education and led the establishment of the new Massachusetts Board and Department of Early Education and Care.

A former Assistant Middlesex District Attorney and Assistant State Attorney General, Ms. St. Fleur has significant experience protecting underserved communities in the areas of criminal justice, human services and civil rights.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Representative St. Fleur earned her Law Degree from Boston College Law School in 1987. Ms. St. Fleur served as Chair of the Advisory Council for the Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation, is a former trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She has been featured on WCVB Television’s City Line and Chronicle, WGBH Television’s Greater Boston, Boston Magazine and Commonwealth Magazine. Ms. St. Fleur is a recipient of Boston Business Journal’s 2014 Women Up award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, Nativity Preparatory School, Technology Goes Home and the Advisory Committee for Inversant.