Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka to Keynote Annual Awards Gala for Outstanding Women in Commercial Real Estate 2024

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka to Keynote Annual Awards Gala for Outstanding Women in Commercial Real Estate 2024

Karen Spilka, President of the Massachusetts Senate

BOSTON – The Boston Real Estate Times announced that Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka will be the featured guest and keynote speaker at the 2024 annual awards gala honoring outstanding women in commercial real estate.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 22, 2024 at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“We are pleased to have Senator Spilka join us as our featured guest and keynote speaker,” said Upendra Mishra, Publisher of Boston Real Estate Times and Managing Partner of Mishra Group, Inc. “Boston Real Estate Times will also honor Senator Spilka for her Commitment to advocating for their constituents and their civic and community service.”

Senator Spilka is committed to advancing progressive social causes and pragmatic fiscal policies that balance investments in education, infrastructure and economic opportunity with savings for the future. She has advocated for issues such as mental health, juvenile justice, and services for the elderly and disabled communities. During her career, she was a social worker, small business owner and lawyer, becoming one of the first lawmakers in the country to vote for marriage equality and protections for transgender people.

Karen Spilka’s tenure as Senate President included the Legislature’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. As part of this response, the Senate President sought passage of the Patients First Act, which removed barriers to care and expanded support for community hospitals, COVID testing sites, health care workers and telehealth services. Despite a crisis that led to budget cuts across much of the country, Senate President Spilka’s leadership in establishing one of the nation’s most robust rainy day funds helped Massachusetts not only avoid cuts to social safety nets but also maintain support for it Expand housing stability, food security, unemployment benefits and relief for the hospitality and catering industry.

Senate President Spilka’s first priority as Senate President was passage of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), the culmination of a twenty-year effort that combined the largest increase in education funding in Massachusetts history with changes to make future education funding more equitable. In the wake of protests surrounding the killing of George Floyd, she led efforts to pass one of the most comprehensive and targeted police reform laws in the United States, including the creation of a nation-first civilian-led commission with the authority to independently investigate police actions. In response to the threat of climate change, she supported legislation that established a timetable for the full transition away from fossil fuels to a carbon-neutral economy and enshrined the concept of environmental justice in law.

Most recently, Senate President Spilka has led a number of efforts to reduce barriers to accessing quality mental health care, including by directing state resources toward public awareness of mental and behavioral health and expanding the workforce of professionals in the field mental health. She also introduced the concept of Intergenerational Care Centers to address the caregiving crisis in Massachusetts, support working women, and promote quality care for all residents, from infants to seniors.

Senate President Spilka is a graduate of Northeastern Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Cornell University.