My family moved to Newtonville in 1972. I attended Cabot and Horace Mann Elementary Schools and F.A. Day Junior High; in fact I was in the last 9th grade class at Day, and -- for the pop culture fans - Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc were a grade ahead of me.
When my husband and I were deciding where to raise our three boys, it was an easy decision to return to my hometown. Newton gave my brother and me an excellent education, strong values, and lifelong friends -- all things I want for my own children. I know so many other Newton residents came here for the same reason.
Before being elected Alderwoman I was very active in our community:
- Founded www.greatnewtonschools.org to advocate for improvements to our schools, including Full Day Kindergarten (which unfortunately Newton still lacks).
- Helped create the pioneering parent/teacher/professional/student advocacy group, NewtonSTEM.
- Created the Newtonville listserv to help Newtonville residents more easily engage with one another (email me to be added to it)
- Collected signatures to help establish the Neighborhood Area Council (NAC) in Newtonville.
I also have a long history of involvement with the Democratic Party. In 1996 I served as Finance Director for Ian Bowles’ US Congressional Campaign (he lost in the primary but later became Secretary of Energy & Environment under Governor Deval Patrick). I spent seven years with the Democratic Leadership Council in Washington DC and here as its Massachusetts Director. I also served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science in the U.S. Department of State.
I work full-time as an environmental advocate with a focus on sustainable transportation. (Go Electric!)
I have 3 sons attending Newton Public Schools. I hold a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Vermont.