Matt O’Malley grew up in Roslindale and today lives in West Roxbury with his wife, Kathryn. A graduate of Boston Latin School and George Washington University, he was raised by his parents Marianne, a retired Boston teacher, and George, current director of projects at Habitat for Humanity, who taught him the importance of working hard and serving the public. In high school, he interned at Boston City Hall for the former At-Large City Councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen and was a Boston Latin School 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, again on November 3, 2015, and most recently on November 7, 2017. 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.
In 2016, Councilor O'Malley passed an ordinance to eliminate dangerous gas leaks in Boston’s neighborhoods as well as an ordinance dubbed the "Puppy Mill Bill" focused on diminishing large-scale breeding facilities that violate the federal Animal Welfare Act. In December 2017, Councilor O'Malley succeeded in passing an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags, a major contributor to litter and pollution, and began the efforts to enlarge Boston's tree canopy to promote clean air. He continues to work towards creating a more environmentally friendly Boston, initiating new litter reduction measures and leading the conversation surrounding the implementation of citywide curbside composting. He has successfully advocated for paperless pay stubs for City of Boston employees, collaborated with dermatologist Dr. Adriane Levin and the Melanoma Foundation New England to put sunscreen dispensers in the city’s parks and playgrounds, and continues to work toward increasing the availability of tap water in parks and open spaces citywide.
As part of his efforts towards creating a safer, healthier, and more accessible Boston for all, 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 also begun looking into fee proposals for landlords with excessive vacancies or exorbitant monthly rent rates, and 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 eight-time marathoner, Councilor O’Malley has raised funds for Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and Project Hope. He holds regular “office hours” in various locations in the community.