City of Cambridge

Leland Cheung

Councillor Cheung

Leland Cheung is serving his fourth term on the Cambridge City Council, where he has been a strong leader in economic development, community building, and regional cooperation. Cheung was the first currently enrolled student to be elected to the Council, as well as the first Asian American. Cheung serves as the Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee.

Cheung was first elected in 2009 while pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to returning to graduate school, Cheung earned a BS in Physics, BA in Economics and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University. Following graduation, he worked as a Senior Associate at Masthead Partners, a Cambridge-based venture capital firm focusing on digital media, mobile, and internet infrastructure.

The son of immigrants, Cheung developed a deep appreciation for American values and the importance community participation. Guided by these principles, he ran for office on the platform of strengthening the community and creating opportunities for the next generation. He carries out these beliefs as he advocates for job growth, government transparency, and affordable housing across Cambridge each and every day.

Outside of work, Cheung has served as the Executive Vice President of The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), a non-profit that cultivates, empowers, and promotes Asian American leaders, and as a mentor at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Cheung also works to promote the Massachusetts innovation economy, pushing for progressive legislation that keeps Massachusetts competitive on a national and international scale.

In 2009, Cheung worked as a Summer Fellow at the Department of Energy's newest agency, ARPA-E. Chartered by President Obama as the 'Venture Capital arm' of the DOE, ARPA-E was charged with making high-risk, high-reward investments with the potential to radically transform how America generates, delivers, and consumes energy. Cheung is also a Truman Partner and 2012 Eisenhower Fellow.

Additionally, Cheung was a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Asian American Commission, and served as the Massachusetts State Chair for the Democratic Municipal Organization. He was a member Massachusetts Democratic State Committee member, a member of the Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations for the Massachusetts Municipal Organization, a Steering Committee member on Community and Economic Development for the National League of Cities, a connector for the Boston World Partnerships, a member of the Leadership Committee on Expanding Democracy for the Young Elected Officials Network, and is currently a Massachusetts Technology Collaborative board member, which is a quasi-public agency that supports economic development in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Cheung can be seen around town with his daughter, Lela, and his wife, Yin.


Leland Cheung
157 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-444-9080 (home)
617-349-4280 (work)

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