MARIE ST. FLEUR

(1962 – )

 

“We must shape our own destinies here. Power concedes to no one. You must go out and get it.”

Marie St. Fleur was first elected to serve in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1999, and is the first Haitian-born person elected to state office in the United States. As the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities, St. Fleur championed two-way bilingual education and alternative education, and led the establishment of the new Massachusetts Board and the Department of Early Education and Care.

Born in Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, Haiti, St. Fleur immigrated to the United States as a child. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, St. Fleur earned a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1987. Following graduation, she served as a Law Clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court. St. Fleur began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. In 1991, she became an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth as civil litigator in the state and federal courts. Later, as Chief of the Unemployment Fraud Division, Representative St. Fleur managed a staff of Assistant Attorneys General, investigators, and support personnel in the investigation and prosecution of unemployment fraud.

St. Fleur is currently the Principal of St. Fleur Communications, a boutique public affairs group, and she most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. St. Fleur is a former trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.