The Boston City Council voted unanimously Monday afternoon to make Councilor Michelle Wu its new president.
Wu is the first Asian-American to lead the council, and the third woman.
In her acceptance speech, the 30-year-old from Roslindale stressed the council’s role in creating policies that reflect councilors’ own lives.
“In this chamber, every debate is informed by our families’ lives and those of our constituents,” she said. “We don’t just think and talk about policy here, but feel the challenges and impacts.”
Wu added that her primary goal as president is transparency. She said it’s important for the public to know what the council is doing and has an opportunity to become more engaged.
Wu, who was re-elected to an at-large seat in November, is a former student of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s at Harvard Law School, and she worked on Warren’s Senate campaign.
Wu replaces South Boston Councilor Bill Linehan, who was term limited from seeking the body’s presidency again.