ACCT Statement on President-elect Biden's Nomination of Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor

January 8, 2021

Today, President-elect Joe Biden has formally nominated Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Biden-Harris cabinet. 

"On behalf of the nation's community college boards, the Association of Community College Trustees congratulates Marty Walsh on his appointment," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. "Mayor Walsh has demonstrated great commitment to apprenticeships, job creation and worker protections, civil rights and a host of other interests that pertain to community and technical colleges, including support for free tuition at community colleges. As a survivor of childhood lymphoma and a person who has overcome alcoholism during his young adult life, Mayor Walsh has a deep understanding of how life’s challenges can interrupt progress—and how they can be overcome with support and elevate individuals to the most esteemed positions. We look forward to working with his Department of Labor to secure additional support for our colleges and their students.”

Walsh, a first-generation child of immigrants, calls himself a lifelong champion of working people. He has created tools for low-income workers, including a “learn and earn” job apprenticeship program and an Office of Financial Empowerment. He is the founding vice-chair of the Cities of Opportunity Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, elevating the national conversation on income inequality.

His administration has been hailed by President Barack Obama for expanding young people’s opportunities and breaking new ground in crime prevention and police-community relations. Prior to becoming the mayor of Boston, he headed the Building and Construction Trades Council. 

President-elect Biden announced his nominations of Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, also a supporter of free tuition at the Community College of Rhode Island, to serve as Secretary of Commerce.

The announcement can be viewed at  

About ACCT

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.