Matt O’Malley grew up in Roslindale and today lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Kathryn Niforos. Matt is a graduate of Boston Latin School and George Washington University. He was taught by his parents at an early age the importance of working hard and serving the public. Matt’s mother Marianne was a teacher in Boston and his father George, who formerly worked at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, now works for Habitat for Humanity. In high school, he interned at City Hall for former At-Large City Councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen and was a Ward Fellow for former State Treasurer Joe Malone. About fifteen years later in a special election on November 16, 2010, the residents of District 6 voted him as their City Councilor. He was reelected to the seat on November 8, 2011, on November 5, 2013, when he received a record-setting 18,204 votes, then again on November 3, 2015. His district includes the neighborhoods of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, parts of Roslindale and Roxbury, and the Back of the Hill.
Matt is dedicated to ensuring Boston's children access to an excellent public education, supporting local economic development, and making Boston a greener city.
Councilor O'Malley is working to address gas leaks in Boston’s neighborhoods, initiate new litter reduction measures and has called for the implementation of citywide curbside composting. He has successfully advocated for paperless pay stubs for City of Boston employees and continues to work toward increasing the availability of tap water in parks and open spaces citywide. Councilor O’Malley joined efforts with the Melanoma Foundation New England, the City of Boston’s Environment & Parks Department, Make the Change and Boston dermatologist Dr. Adriane Levin to put sunscreen dispensers in the city’s parks and playgrounds.
In an effort to make Boston’s streets safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, Councilor O’Malley continues to advocate for new traffic calming measures and improved signage on the city’s roadways. Councilor O’Malley pushed for the expansion of a drug drop-off program in Boston and the creation of a Silver Alert system for senior citizens who have Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Councilor O’Malley has held public hearings to discuss the use of vacated public school buildings, the future of the Arborway Yard in Jamaica Plain and snow removal jurisdiction. He continues to work with the Friends of the Curley House and the city to develop new ways to use the historic landmark.
Councilor O’Malley is a member of the Advisory Committee for Project Hope, an anti-poverty agency in Boston. A seven-time marathoner, Councilor O’Malley has also raised funds for Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and Project Hope. He holds regular “office hours” in various locations in the community.