Nina Liang is the first and only Chinese-American City Councilor elected in her hometown of Quincy, and served as the first minority City Council President. Born in Quincy and raised by immigrant parents, she has experienced first-hand the challenges minority children and families face. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to be a part of community organizations that work to expand services to everyone in the city and those dedicated to addressing the needs of those who are new to both the language and customs of American culture. Having worked in operations within her family’s restaurant group, Nina also has the experience and perspective of a small business owner, helping to create jobs and opportunity.
As City Councilor, Nina has worked to open the doors of government to every resident ensuring that their voices and concerns are heard. She had previously served on the boards of D.O.V.E, Maria Droste Counseling Services, Quincy Catholic Academy, the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation, and currently on and the State’s Asian American Commission and Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Working alongside community leaders, she co-founded the Quincy Women’s Network and also serves as the Executive Director for Emerge, Massachusetts – a nonprofit organization that trains Democratic self-identifying women to run for political office across all levels of government. Her civic engagement and political experiences has taught her the importance of collaborative efforts among local organizations, businesses and public service facilities to better address the needs of a diverse population, ensuring that all voices are heard.
Jackie Carvey, M.A.T., is an arts education advocate and consultant. With a background in choral music, she observed the inequity of her students’ experiences on and off the podium throughout her fifteen-year career as a classroom teacher. When her former school district eliminated several academic departments and various support services in May 2020, Jackie chose activism as a means of advocacy. She co-founded the organization Support the Students of Randolph to galvanize community stakeholders and contributed efforts that resulted in the reinstatement of several full-time teaching and staff positions. Jackie continues this work to support arts educators and their students as a project coordinator for ArtsLearning and a Boston Symphony Orchestra Educators Advisory Council member. Jackie was recently awarded a 2023 programming fellowship with Emerge Massachusetts, which will support cohort members through curriculum development and instruction. She sings in the Old Ship Church choir in Hingham, Massachusetts, and studies voice with Gina Beck. Jackie earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Maine and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Bridgewater State University.