Moakley Forum

The encouragement of community discourse on pressing public issues is at the core of the Moakley Center's mission. Suffolk University, in collaboration with community partners such as the Massachusetts Municipal Association, created the Moakley Forum to honor and promote Congressman Moakley’s outstanding legacy in public service and to evoke his passion for engaging communities in the discourse of public life.

Through the Moakley Forum, we invite stakeholders, students, and interested citizens to engage issues of public importance in which keynote speakers have developed regional and national distinction. Recent forums focused on topics including:

Inaugurated in 2010, the Moakley Breakfast Series has featured the Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Honorable Barney Frank, the Honorable Jim McGovern, and several other leading public servants.

About Joe Moakley

From 1953 to 2001, John Joseph Moakley dedicated his life to public service. As a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1953–1963), Massachusetts Senate (1964–1970), Boston City Council (1971–1973), and the United States House of Representatives (1973–2001) Joe Moakley served his constituents, communities, state, and nation with integrity, diligence, and courage.
More about Moakley

Moakley Public Service Award

The annual Moakley Public Service Award recognizes individuals who exemplify Congressman Moakley’s commitment and outstanding performance in the public service sector.

In 2019 was presented to the community partners of The Union at 48 Boylston Street. The property at 48 Boylston was built by the Boston Young Men's Christian Union in 1875, in pursuit of its mission to engage in charitable work, and operated for over 150 years. In honoring this legacy, St. Francis House and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Boston purchased, developed, and opened the property, The Union at 48 Boylston, as a means of continuing to serve those in need. This collaborative effort created forty-six units of affordable housing to help homeless residents. The Union at 48 Boylston was made possible by key partners and leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors of Massachusetts.