Annissa Essaibi George, 43, a mom, former Boston Public Schools high school teacher, small-business owner, and lifelong Boston resident was elected as an At-Large Boston City Council in November 2015 and sworn in on January 4, 2016.
During her first term she chaired the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Recovery leveraging City and agency resources on behalf of the City’s most vulnerable residents. As vice chair of the Committee on Education she brought the benefits of her experience as a BPS teacher to kids, parents and teachers in the City’s public school system. And she helped protect the City’s investment in parks and playgrounds from the danger of improperly discarded hypodermic needles and the filth left behind by a growing population of Canada geese. Specifically Councilor Essaibi-George secured $1.2 Million for BPS youth experiencing homelessness; doubled the size of the team that picks up hypodermic needles from our parks and elsewhere in the City; and helped expand the BEST program in which mental health personnel ride with Boston Police when mental health issues are identified. This program enhances the safety of BPD as well as residents.
As a mom, City Councilor-At-Large, small-business owner, former teacher, and active member of the community, Annissa is fully invested in the City of Boston and its continued success. She serves on the Dorchester House Health Center Board of Directors and Dorchester Day Parade Committee, and is former President of Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association and former member of the Columbia Point Task Force.
The most important issues to Annissa include quality and access to Boston’s schools, public health and public safety and providing greater support to the thousands of small businesses in Boston, all of which she plans continue to work on in her second term.
Annissa is a daughter of immigrants and a proud, first-generation American. Her dad, Ezzeddine, immigrated to the United States from Tunisia in 1972. Her mom, Barbara, was born in a Displaced Persons’ camp in Germany of Polish parents and came to the U.S. in the early 1950s. Annissa’s maternal grandparents moved to Boston’s West End and, along with her parents, eventually made their home in Dorchester raising Annissa, her brother, and two sisters.
Annissa and her husband Dorchester native Doug George are the proud parents of four boys: Douglas, age 13, and triplets, Charlie, Kayden and Samir, age 11. Annissa graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1991 where she first tasted political activism after being elected to the Boston Student Council and the Massachusetts State Student Council.
During her studies at Boston University, Annissa participated in the BU/Washington D.C. Intern Program working one semester for U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana. She not only learned how to deliver constituents services but also how to work with constituents during a federal government shutdown. In 1996 Annissa earned her B.A. from Boston University in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. She also earned a Masters Degree of Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Annissa is the owner of Stitch House in Dorchester, a brick and mortar retail shop that sells yarn and fabrics, and offers classes in knitting, sewing, quilting and crochet, hobbies Annissa has enjoyed since childhood. This thriving, small business has attracted customers from greater Boston and beyond since 2007 and serves as a de facto community gathering place. Annissa understands the challenges of developing an idea, building a business and sustaining it during difficult economic times. She invested time, energy and money into building a creative business in the neighborhood where she and her husband live and raise their family. This investment adds value both to her community and Boston’s economy.
Adding value to Boston’s many communities, our economy, our parks and green space and our public schools, along with continued constituents services, will continue to be the goals of Annissa’s second term in office. She hopes these goals are important to you too and that you will support her in making Boston a better place to live and do business in.