Sumbul Siddiqui

Sumbul Siddiqui

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui is currently serving her second term on the Cambridge City Council, and first as Mayor of Cambridge. Mayor Siddiqui immigrated to the United States from Karachi, Pakistan at the age of two, along with her parents and twin brother.  She was raised in Cambridge affordable housing at the Rindge Towers, and Roosevelt Towers. She attended Cambridge Public Schools, graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Mayor Siddiqui’s passion for local activism and service motivated her to co-find the Cambridge Youth Council, now in its 18th year, earning a Cambridge Peace and Justice Award in 2006 for her activism.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Brown University, Mayor Siddiqui served as an AmeriCorps fellow at New Profit, a then Cambridge-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving social mobility for families. Upon earning her J.D. from Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, she moved back east to practice as a legal aid attorney with Northeast Legal Aid, serving the communities of Lawrence, Lynn and Lowell, Massachusetts.

Throughout her time as a public servant, Mayor Siddiqui has advocated on behalf of the City’s most vulnerable, strived to create more affordable housing, and protect households under threat of displacement from facing eviction and homelessness. As a City Councilor last term, she chaired the Mayor’s Task Force on Tenant Displacement, increased funding to legal aid services and worked to strengthen regulations on condominium conversions. Mayor Siddiqui has promoted equitable access to education for Cambridge families by increasing scholarship funding for low-income children to attend high quality preschools and advancing the implementation of a Children’s Savings Account program alongside Vice-Mayor Alanna Mallon, helping families build dedicated savings for post-secondary education.  Siddiqui sponsored various community events, including Cambridge Digs DEEP, a series of Citywide forums and workshops on racial justice and an annual Cambridge Community Iftar during the month of Ramadan., and collaborated with resident advocates to clean up and revitalize the area around Jerry’s Pond, an environmental justice site in the North Cambridge neighborhood.

As Mayor, she continues to promote affordable housing and address the region’s broader affordability crisis. Since becoming Mayor, she has worked on preserving the City’s existing expiring-use affordable housing at the Fresh Pond Apartments, and has worked alongside the City Manager in leading the Cambridge community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Launching the Mayors Disaster Relief Fund
  • Introducing the Tenant Rights and Resources Notification Act
  • Increasing internet access to low-income families to equitably participate in remote learning
  • Eliminating library fines that disproportionally affect low-income residents and families and families of color
  • Collaborating with the Cambridge Health Alliance to expand free COVID testing to all Cambridge residents, including both asymptomatic and symptomatic residents

Mayor Siddiqui looks forward to continuing to put forth policies to improve the City’s workforce programs and reentry services, support small business owners and economic development, promote safe, clean and climate-resilient streets, parks and infrastructure, emphasize the need for mental health services, and make Cambridge a more equitable and civically engaged community. 


Sumbul Siddiqui
283 Sidney Street
Unit 3
Cambridge, MA 02139

617 448-1525 (work)
617 349-4321 (work)


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