Segun Idowu

MA 14th Suffolk State Representative, MA

Segun is running for Massachusetts State Representative in the 14th Suffolk, which covers the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Roslindale, and West Roxbury.

A lifelong resident of Boston, Segun has spent much of his 29 years fighting for the betterment of others. He is the son of working class parents: Tayo – an immigrant who became a city employee and successful entrepreneur; and Rachel – a daughter of Malden who served as a former representative for Local SEIU 888 and is a retired city employee of over 20 years.

A longtime resident of the Roslindale and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Boston, Segun is a proud product of the Boston Public Schools. Following his graduation from Boston Latin Academy, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and honors from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Societies.

Segun’s advocacy work began as early as high school, representing Boston Latin Academy on the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC). In college, he would go on to balance his studies with leadership roles in student government, campus religious life, and administrative accountability.

Following his 2012 graduation, Segun decided to learn how government works from the inside and joined the office of then-District 4 City Councilor Charles C. Yancey. After two successful years as a legislative aide building relationships, reviewing and authoring policy, and addressing constituent concerns, he transitioned to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. At the Institute, Segun was able to forge new partnerships with community organizations. These partnerships ensured that the Institute invested in sustainable, local businesses and extended the opportunity for traditionally underrepresented groups to access its educational programs.

At the same time, Segun also organized the Boston Police Camera Action Team (BPCAT) in 2014 with fellow high school graduate, Shekia Scott. The mission of the community group was to further accountability and safety in Boston through the mandatory use of police body-worn cameras. Segun and his team built relationships with community organizations and leaders, as well as engaged a vast number of fellow Bostonians, in order to explore the issues surrounding the tools. In early 2015, BPCAT released a report proposing policies for the use of body-worn cameras. As a result of their efforts, Boston began a yearlong mandatory body-worn camera pilot program and policy in September 2016. For the city, it was a powerful example of what ordinary citizens can accomplish when they come together around a shared cause.

Segun was also elected to serve as the 3rd Vice President for the Boston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest civil rights advocacy organization in the nation. He also chairs their Political Action and Criminal Justice Committees. In these roles, Segun managed the much heralded and research intensive report card project that assessed the city’s efforts and results in addressing systemic disparities.