Cambridge, Massachusetts -- Boards and Commissions
updated Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:53 PM

   The City of Cambridge operates under the Plan E Charter which designates its City Manager as the appointee authority for virtually all City boards and commissions. Some of these boards serve essential regulatory functions, and others are purely advisory. With few exceptions, appointments made by the City Manager do not require the approval of the Cambridge City Council. Listed below are all of the City's boards and commissions and their members. It must be emphasized that those who serve on the City's boards and commissions, with the exception of the Election Commission, do so without compensation.

   Some boards deal with some very controversial matters. It is rarely, if ever, appropriate for members of the public to contact members of these boards outside of the context of public meetings of the respective boards. Members serve out of a sense of civic duty and should be respected for their willingness to give of their time, their energy, and their intellect.

   Please send me suggestions on how best to organize this page, provide statements of purpose and other relevant information about each committee, and to give the names and terms of the members of these committees. The City has now posted an official Directory of Boards and Commissions.

Current City Board and Commission Vacancies

City of Cambridge Seeks Members for the Harvard Square Advisory Committee

City SealThe City of Cambridge is seeking residents from Riverside, Neighborhood 10, Neighborhood Nine, Agassiz and Mid-Cambridge, as well as members of the Harvard Square business community, who would like to serve on the Harvard Square Advisory Committee.

The Committee will review all major development actions in the Harvard Square Overlay District; provide a forum within which a wide range of perspectives on development actions can be heard; advise both public agencies and private interests of development and urban design issues raised by a development or planning proposal; and suggest avenues of research which might be pursued to resolve identified conflicts; and make the project better fulfill both public and private objectives for the Harvard Square Overlay District. The Committee also reviews and comments on applications for variances and special permits in the district.

The Committee will meet as required on project review needs. Participation in previous Harvard Square planning activities and understanding of development and design issues are desirable. Final selection of Advisory Committee members will be made by City Manager Richard C. Rossi.

To apply, send a letter by Friday, February 6, 2015 describing interest in the Harvard Square Advisory Committee and any experience working on similar issues to: Elaine Thorne, Cambridge Community Development Department, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, 02139 or via email

Affirmative Action Advisory Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Jonathan Yip, Chair Michael Muehe
Leroy Cragwell Tasha Thomas
Roberta Goto Stephen Vesce
Ken Likis Qadir Wahid

Affordable Housing Trust Board (updated Feb 7, 2014)
Authority: Article 11.205 of the Zoning Ordinance; Mass. General Laws, Chapter 482
Purpose: Encourage the expansion and upgrading of the City's housing stock. The Trust is specifically charged with providing loan funds to build new affordable units, as well as with helping nonprofit housing organizations finance substantial rehabilitation of distressed properties.
Membership: 9 members (representatives from different sections of the community with housing policy, representatives from the City, non-profit housing and the community)
Term: 3 years
Richard Rossi - Managing Trustee Cheryl-Ann Pizza-Zeoli (term expires Feb 5, 2017)
Peter Daly Susan Schlesinger
Florrie Darwin James Stockard, Jr.
Michael Haran William Tibbs
Gwendolyn Noyes  

Animal Commission (updated Aug 20, 2012)
7 members (Permanent members - Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Health and Hospitals). Remaining 5 members shall have demonstrated ability in the animal welfare field with related experience in any of the following: public information programs, animal shelter operations, spaying and neutering programs, affiliations with national and local animal protection societies and knowledge of animal health care and diseases). Members to be appointed initially by the City Manager for the following terms: One member shall serve for a one-year term; Two members shall serve for a two-year term; Two members shall serve for a three-year term. After the initial terms, all Commissioners shall be appointed for a term of three years. [It is not known whether this Board has any appointed members.]


Arts Council Advisory Board (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Jason Weeks, Executive Director, Ex-Officio
Lori Damon, Chair Diana Lempel
Phyllis Bretholtz, Vice Chair Stella Aguirre McGregor
Luis Edgardo Cotto Andrew Mroczek
Aliyah Gary Diane Norris, Secretary
Lori Lander Matthew Weinberg
Ann Lawson Kiera Wilhelm

Arts Council Fund Board (added Aug 18, 2012)
Michelle Kincaid, President Alexandra Sheldon
Irene Kostakis Jason Weeks, Ex-Officio
James Lawson, Esq. Nancy Weissman, Esq.
José Mateo, Treasurer  

Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Staff: Sarah Burks
Theresa Hamacher, Chair (term expires Aug 10, 2012) Heli Meltsner (term expires Nov 1, 2016)
Arthur Bardige, Vice Chair (term expires Aug 10, 2012) John Sanzone (Alternate, term expires Nov 1, 2016)
Robert G. Crocker - (Historical Comm. Rep., term expires Mar 1, 2013) Constantin von Wentzel, Alternate (term expires Apr 1, 2010)
Catherine Henn (term expires Apr 1, 2010) Mark Golberg, Alternate
Maryann Thompson (term expires Apr 1, 2012)  

Bicycle Committee (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Randy Stern, Chair Amy Linne
Catharine Hornby, Vice Chair Tom Meek
Taylor Fickett, Secretary Ari Ofsevit
Jonathan Adams Brenda Pike
Viola Augustin Michael Proscia
David Chiriboga Megan Ramey
Madeleine deBlois Ingrid Schorr
Sarah Ehrich Matthew Schrumpf
John Goodman Peter Stokes
Katherine Howitt Andrea Williams

Board of Assessors (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Robert P. Reardon, Chair (term expires Dec 31, 2013) vacancy (term expires Dec 31, 2014)
Andrew J. Johnson (term expires Dec 31, 2015)  

Board of Survey (updated Dec 15, 2013) Requests for a board of survey are usually made by the Building Commissioner.
Owen O'Riordon, City Engineer Consultant Professional Engineer as Needed (Non City Employee)
Charles Sullivan, Executive Director of Historical Commission

Board of Zoning Appeals (updated Dec 15, 2014) - 5 Members, 7 Associates
Constantine Alexander, Chair Janet Ohle Green (previous Associate term expired Apr 17, 2014)
Timothy Hughes, Vice-Chair (term expires Jan 22, 2011) Thomas P. Scott (term expires Dec 15, 2019)
Brendan Sullivan (term expires Jan 19, 2012)  
Associate Members:
Slater W. Anderson (term expires Dec 15, 2016) Jim Monteverde (term expires Dec 15, 2016)
George Best (term expires Dec 15, 2016) Douglas Myers (term expires Dec 15, 2016)
Alison Hammer (term expires Dec 15, 2016) Lindsey Thorne-Bingham (term expires Apr 17, 2017)
Andrea A. Hickey (term expires Dec 15, 2016)  

Board of Examiners (updated June 3, 2009)
Nancy Goodwin two vacancies

Broadband Task Force (appointed October 2014)
Ben Compaine Ed Naef
Susan Fleischman Anne Schwieger
Jerrold Grochow Jonathan Speiser
Ming-Tai Huh Saul Tannenbaum
James Lesie Nate Thames
Jason Liss Jacob White
Patrick McCormick Chris Yu

Cambridge Biosafety Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Dan Anderson Denise Heintze
John Brusch, MD Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health
Tim Harrah, PhD Susan Woskie, PhD

Cambridge Health Alliance / Public Health Department
Leadership: (updated Sept 28, 2014)
Patrick Wardell
Chief Executive Officer, CHA
Carol Hulka, MD
Chief of Radiology
Allison Bayer
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Judith Klickstein
Senior Vice President,
Information Technology & Planning; Chief Information and Strategy Officer
Paul Allen, MD, MPH
Chief Quality Officer
Ron Minter, MD
Chief of Anesthesia, Medical Director of Perioperative Services
David Bor, MD
Chief of Medicine
Maren Batalden, MD, MPH
(expires Oct 1, 2015)
Jay Burke, MD, MPH
Chairman and Chief of Psychiatry
David Porell, MA, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer, CHA Physician Organization
Elizabeth Cadigan, RN, MSN
Senior Vice President, Patient Care
Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Assaad Sayah, MD
Senior Vice President of Primary Care & Emergency Care
Joy Curtis
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Steven Schwaitzberg, MD
Chief of Surgery
Bob DeVey
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Gerald Steinberg, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Samuel H. Doppelt, MD
Chief of Orthopaedics
Somava Stout, MD
Vice President, Patient-Centered Medical Home Development
Greg Hagan, MD
Interim Chief of Pediatrics
Brian Swann, DDS, MPH
Chief of Dental Medicine
Kathleen Harney, MD
Chief, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Women's Health
Randy Wertheimer, MD
Chief of Family Medicine at CHA
Board of Trustees: (current as of Sept 24, 2014)
Ellen Semonoff, Chair, (City of Cambridge Officer) Steve Manos (Cambridge, term expires July 2017)
Isaac M. Machado, JD (Somerville, term expires July 1, 2011) Gerald A. McCue (Somerville, term expires July 2017)
Moacir Barbosa (Cambridge, term expires July 2017), Asst. Director for Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRiA) Kathleen McGilvray (Somerville, term expires June 30, 2015)
David Bor, MD (Chief of Medicine) Paula A. Paris (Cambridge, term expires July 1, 2010)
Louis DePasquale (Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs/Finance Director for the City of Cambridge) Joshua Posner (Cambridge, term expires July 1, 2010)
Bill Hart (Everett, term expires June 30, 2015) Maxwell (Mike) Solet (Cambridge, term expires July 1, 2010)
Madge Kaplan (Cambridge, term expires June 30, 2015) Deborah Klein Walker (Cambridge, term expires July 1, 2011)
Lucian Leape, MD (Cambridge) Patrick Wardell, Chief Executive Officer, CHA
Traci A. Logan (Cambridge, term expires June 30, 2015) Cathy Wirth
Project Manager, Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Carol Van Deusen Lukas (Cambridge) Katharine S. Kosinski, MD (Cambridge, term expires July 2017)

Cambridge Housing Authority (current as of Nov 2, 2014)
Warren McManus (Chair, term expires Sept 30, 2016)
On the Board since 1982, Mr. McManus is Chief Operating Officer for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc. He was Controller of the Cambridge Model Cities program and the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism Rehabilitation. A lifelong City resident, he has devoted time for many years to youth and the disadvantaged, serving on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club and as president of Little League.
Gerard J. Clark (term expires Jan 11, 2015)
A professor of law at Suffolk Law School, Mr. Clark has been on the Board since 1974. As a lawyer for the Boston citywide tenants association, he helped supervise five years of receivership at the Boston Housing Authority. He writes frequent articles on housing, constitutional law and ethics, is Chair of the CHA Conference Panel, an applicant appeals forum and has been diligent in efforts around affirmative action.
James G. Stockard Jr. (Vice Chair, term expires ?)
Mr. Stockard has been the Commonwealth's appointee to the Board since 1974. He is the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Design School, and has been a consultant in the affordable housing field for over 30 years with a particular interest in public housing. Mr. Stockard has served as the court-appointed Special Master of the Washington D.C. Housing Authority.
Anthony Pini (term expires Oct 20, 2019)
Mr. Pini joined the Board of Commissioners in January 2010. He is the Legislative Director of the Massachusetts Laborers' District Council of the Laborers' International Union of North America, AFL-CIO. Mr. Pini has served as an inspector for the City of Cambridge Inspectional Services Department. More recently he negotiated with CHA on behalf of Laborers Local 367 representing CHA's blue collar staff.
Victoria Bergland (term expires Sept 30, 2017)
Member of Lincoln Way Tenant Council since 2009 and currently the President. She was elected as co-chair for Public Housing of the Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT) in May, 2009, now serving second term as co-chair. Additionally, Ms. Bergland has completed numerous trainings sponsored by the CHA on topics such as reasonable accommodations, hearing panels, and the low income housing tax credit program. She is a 40-year resident of Cambridge.

Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Membership: 5 members (4 members appointed by the City Manager, subject to confirmation by the City Council, and 1 member appointed by the State).
Tom Evans, Executive Director
Kathleen Born, Chair (City appointee, expires 4/12/17) Conrad Crawford, Asst. Treasurer (City appointee, expires 4/12/16)
D. Margaret Drury, Vice Chair (City appointee, expires 4/11/18) Barry Zevin, Asst. Secretary (governor appointee, expires 2014)
Chris Bator, Treasurer (City appointee, expires 4/12/15)  

Central Square Advisory Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2014)
9 members (architect or landscape architect, 4 members from the Central Square business community and 4 members from the abutting neighborhood)
Joel Altstein – Central Square Business Representative (Architect), term expires 3/2017 Wendy Landman – Cambridgeport Representative, term expires 3/2016
Esther Hanig – Area Four Representative, term expires 3/2017 Robin Lapidus – Central Square Representative, term expires 3/2016
Melissa Greene, Chair – Central Square Business Representative (Architect), term expires 3/2016 Michael Monestime – Cambridgeport Representative, term expires 3/2017
Christopher Sol Gully – Central Square Business Representative, term expires 3/2016 Robert Winters - Mid-Cambridge Representative, term expires 3/2017
Drew Kane – Riverside Representative, term expires 3/2016  

Central Square Advisory Committee 2011 - short-term committee appointed for 2011-2012 as part of the Kendall Square/Central Square (K2C2) Planning Study conducted within the Community Development Department in conjunction with Goody Clancy.
(This Board is no longer constituted, but is listed here for reference.)
Patrick W. Barrett III (Sean Casey LLC ) Gavin W. Kleespies (Resident)
Anya Alexandra Bear (MIT) Robin Lapidus (Central Square Business Association)
Mark Boyes-Watson (Resident) Morris Naggar (3MJ Realty)
Kathryn Lachelt Brown (Forest City) Heather Nelson (Resident)
Kara Cournoyer (Novartis) Ahmed Nur (Planning Board/Resident)
Susan Fleischmann (CCTV) Patrick Rowe (MIT)
Josh Gerber (1369 Coffeehouse) Loryn Sheffner (Resident)
Randa Ghattas (Resident) Michael Simon (Central Property Owner)
Nicholas Haney (Intercontinental Real Estate) Saul Tannenbaum (Resident)
Esther Hanig (Resident) Gail Willett (Resident)
Ming-Tai Huh (Resident)  
For more information about the K2C2 study, please contact Iram Farooq at or 617/349-4606. The Community Development Department TTY line is 617/349-4621.

Climate Protection Action Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Quinton Zondorvan, Chair Johanna Jobin
Jackie Cefola, Vice Chair Steve Lanou (MIT)
Marguerite Reynolds, Secretary Ted Live
Milton Bevington Lauren M. Miller
Carri Boiselle (Novartis) Tom Page
Betsy Boyle David Rabkin
Peter Crawley Keren Schlomy
Janet Curtis Suzanne Shepard
Jan Dillon Terrence Smith
Kyle Greaves (Urban Ecology Institute) Scott Wood
Heather Henriksen/Robyn Tsukayama (Harvard) Bill Zamparelli (NSTAR)
Sarah Hill John Moore (Associate Member)
Barry Hilts (Cambridge Health Alliance) Alison Sander (Associate Member)
JerryLyn Huckabee  

 Commercial Parking Control Committee (5 members, staggered terms)
This Board is currently being reconstituted.

Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Michael Muehe, Executive Director (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Miriam Cooper, Chair JoAnn Haas
Holly Aldrich (expires June 19, 2016) Nicole Horton-Stimpson
Elizabeth Dean-Clower Alissa Land
Sandy Durmaskin Bet MacArthur
Kara Falise Naomi Pinson
Avner Fink (expires June 19, 2016)  

Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
The 11 members have not yet been appointed.

Commission on the Status of Women (current as of Dec 15, 2014)
Phyllis Bretholtz Johanne Meleance (exp. Mar 1, 2017)
Kailah Carden (term expires Dec 1, 2017) Laura Cava Northrop (exp. Mar 1, 2017)
Pauline Carter-Wells (Cambridge Police Department Appointee) Marjorie Saunders
Srin Chakravorty (exp. Jan 8, 2015) Addie Schwarz
Pamela L. Enders, Ph.D. (term expires Dec 1, 2017) Golnaz Tabatabai (exp. Mar 1, 2017)
Lisa Mashburn Susan Yanow
  Audrey Oetomo (exp. Jan 8, 2015)

Community Advisory Board on the Living Wage (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Terence Smith (Chair) Daniel O'Neill
George Donahue David Slaney
Nancy O'Brien Lisa Yanakakis
three vacancies  

Community Preservation Act Committee (updated Sept 24, 2014)
9 members
Lisa Peterson, CPA Committee Chair, Deputy City Manager Ellen Schacter, Resident, City of Cambridge
Wyllis (Bill) Bibbins, Member, Historical Commission Susan Schlesinger, Member, Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust
Gerard J. Clark, Cambridge Housing Authority Albe Simenas, Conservation Commission
Louis DePasquale, Assistant City Manager, Finance Steven Winter, Planning Board
(exp. May 19, 2019)
Kevin A. Foster, Resident, City of Cambridge (through June 1, 2017)  

Conservation Commission (current as of Nov 2, 2014) - 7 members have 3-year terms
Jennifer (Wright) Letourneau, Director
Adam J. Hornstine, Chair (term expires Sept 30, 2012) Purvi Patel (term expires June 25, 2015)
Kaki Martin, Vice Chair (term expires ?) Edward (Ted) Pickering (term expires June 25, 2015)
Dorothy Altman (term expires ?) Albe Simenas (term expires ?)
  Ivria Glass Fried (term expires Nov 1, 2017)

Consumer Advisory Committee (7 members)
Laura Nichols is the Executive Director
ex-officio members - Sealer of Weights and Measures and the Chair of the License Commission  

Council on Aging (updated Sept 24, 2014) - 11 members
Ethel J. Ampey (through Apr 30, 2016) Benjamin C. Horner (through Apr 30, 2016)
Elizabeth Cadigan (through Aug 31, 2014) Ismail Laher (through Aug 31, 2015)
Lois Carra (through Sept 30, 2015) Lily Owyang (through Apr 1, 2017)
Kenneth Hebert (through Apr 30, 2015) Jeanne Ryde (through Apr 30, 2016)
Miranda Heibel (through Apr 30, 2015) Carole Feeney Withrow (through Apr 30, 2015)
Pearl Hines (through Apr 30, 2016) Dr. Anne Fabiny (agency rep., through Oct 2016)

Early Education Services Task Force (added Feb 7, 2014)
This task force is expected to issue findings and recommendations no later than June 2015.
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager MaryAnn MacDonald, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of Schools Lisa Peterson, Deputy City Manager
Donna Cabral, Director,
Somerville Cambridge Head Start Program
Megan Postal, Project Coordinator,
Early Years Project, Guidance Center/Riverside
Louis DePasquale,
Assistant City Manager, Finance
Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager,
Human Services
Katy Donovan, Director,
Peabody Terrace Children's Center
Claire Spinner, Chief Financial Officer,
School Department
Lei-Anne Ellis, Human Services Division Head for ChildCare and Family Support Services Nancy Tauber, Executive Director,
Kids' Council
Jeana Franconi, City Budget Director Carolyn Turk,
Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Lori Likis, Chief Planning Officer,
School Department


Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee (updated May 29, 2013)
Alexandra Lee Michelle Lower
Carole Bellew Patrick Magee
Charlie Marquardt Rose Billeci
Christine Dunn Sam Valentine
Christopher Perkins Sujit Sitole
Conrad Crawford Susan Morgan
Daniel Norman Thayer Donham
David Small Victoria Farr
Lara Gordon  

Election Commission (current as of Sept 24, 2014)
Tanya Ford is Executive Director of the Election Commission. Election commissioners are paid approximately $30,000 per year plus health benefits.
Ethridge King (Republican, 2007 - 3/31/2015) Polyxane Cobb (Democrat, 2010 - 3/31/2018)
Peter Sheinfeld (Republican, 2009 - 3/31/2017) Larry Ward (Democrat, 2012 - 3/31/2016)

Fresh Pond Advisory Board (current as of Sept 24, 2014)
Janice Snow, Chair Deborah Masterson
Susan Agger Ann Roosevelt
Jim Barton Albe Simenas
Doug Brown Claudia Thompson
Janet Burns  
City Staff:
Sam Corda (Water Dept.) Jennifer (Wright) Letourneau (Conservation Commission)
Paul Ryder (Recreation Division) Nancy Schlacter (City Manager’s Office)
Chip Norton (Water Dept.)  

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered (GLBT) Commission (updated Feb 7, 2014)
The mission of the Cambridge GLBT Commission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.
John Gintell, Co-Chair Paul O. Miller (term expires Dec 31, 2016)
Aren Stone, Co-Chair Rachel Oppenheimer (term expires Jan 14, 2015)
Bill Barnert (term expires Feb 15, 2015) Robert L. Parlin
Caitlin Drechsler Lesley Rebecca Phillips
Maggie Giles Neil A. Scannell (term expires Jan 14, 2016)
Gregory Grays-Thomas Kara Smith (term expires Jan 14, 2015)
Steven Lee (term expires Jan 1, 2013) Kevin Shpritzer (term expires Jan 12, 2011)
Neil S MacInnes-Barker Danny Venezia (term expires Jan 14, 2016)
Mal Malme Anna J. Weick (term expires Dec 31, 2016)
Kristina M. Mastropasqua (term expires Jan 14, 2016) Dana Zircher
Michael McKenna  

Half Crown/Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
James Van Sickle, Chair (term expires Dec 1, 2010) Michael Robertson (expires Oct 1, 2016)
Robert Banker (term expires Dec 1, 2009) Dr. Peter Schur (expires Oct 1, 2016)
Judith Dortz (term expires Dec 1, 2010) Deborah Masterson, Alternate
William King (term expires Dec 1, 2008) Charles Smith, Alternate
Marie-Pierre Dillenseger (expires Oct 1, 2016)  

Harvard Square Advisory Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Willis Bibbins Frank Kramer
Sheldon Cohen Alexandra Offiong
John DiGiovanni Hugh Russell
Gladys Gifford Mary Webb

Historical Commission (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
William B. King, Chair Chandra Harrington
Bruce Irving, Vice Chair Jo M. Solet
William G. Barry, Jr. (expires Jan 23, 2016) Shary Berg, Alternate
M. Wyllis Bibbins Joseph V. Ferrara, Alternate
Robert G. Crocker Susannah Barton Tobin, Alternate

Human Rights Commission (updated Nov 2, 2014) - 11 members
Nancy Schlacter, Executive Director
Bonita Cox, Chair (expires June 28, 2017) Kim T. Nghiem, PsyD (expires Aug 11, 2016)
M. Chanta Bhan (expires June 28, 2017) Harry Reyes Nieva (expires Nov 19, 2016)
Melissa Gonzalez-Brenes (expires Apr 6, 2013) Sabrina Selk (expires Nov 19, 2016)
Mercedes S. Evans (expires June 28, 2017) Randa A. Shedid
Kerry Ranjilian Gough (expires Aug 11, 2016) Brendan St. Amant (expires Apr 17, 2015)
Nicholas G. Leydon (expires Apr 10, 2017) Nadia Davila (expires Aug 27, 2017)
Zainab Lakhani (expires Oct 17, 2017)  

Human Services Commission (current as of Aug 10, 2011)
The Commission for Human Service Programs advises the City Manager on human services policy issues and funding allocations. Through the Department of Human Service Programs, the Commission also promotes activities that enhance the quality of life for Cambridge residents. One important means the Commission uses for gathering information on local human services trends is testimony at periodic needs assessment public hearings. Over the years, the Commission has responded to local needs by recommending Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a wide range of programs offered by the City and by community agencies.
Ellen Semonoff
is Deputy City Manager for Human Services Programs.
Ayse Atasoylu Dr. Atasoylu is an internist in local practice and an instructor in medicine.
Ms. Christine Elow  
Christopher R. Hall Mr. Hall is a program coordinator at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission and has worked for a number of years in the human services field.
Kati LaBraico Kati LaBraico works in the healthcare field, and formerly served as a volunteer Parent Connector at the Morse School.
Lori Likis Lori Likis is an educational consultant and Director of School Improvement Planning and Initiatives at the Benjamin Banneker School.
Khari Milner Khari Milner is Coordinator of Out of School Time Programs for the Cambridge Public Schools and manages the 21st Century Community Learning Center Partnership.
Nan Stone
(through Feb 1, 2013)
Nan Stone is a partner at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consultancy. She serves as a liaison between the Human Services Commission and the Cambridge Community Foundation.
Ms. Katharine Emilie Thomas (term expires June 30, 2015) Ms. Thomas is a lifelong resident of Cambridge, a mother of children who went to the Cambridge public schools, and the Assistant Director of the Cambridge-based Institute for Health and Recovery.
Reverend Lorraine Thornhill Reverend Thornhill is pastor of the First Holiness Church in Cambridge. She is active in the community, promoting health, education and youth advocacy.

Kendall Square Advisory Committee - short-term committee appointed for 2011-2012 as part of the Kendall Square/Central Square (K2C2) Planning Study conducted within the Community Development Department in conjunction with Goody Clancy.
(This Board is no longer constituted, but is listed here for reference.)
Olufolakemi Alalade (resident) Jeff Lockwood (Novartis)
Barbara Broussard (resident) Joe Maguire (Alexandria)
Kelley Brown (MIT, Campus Planning) Maureen McCaffrey (MIT, Investment Management Co.)
Michael Cantalupa (Boston Properties) Travis McCready (Kendall Square Association)
Peter Calkins (Forest City) Peter Reed (Ambit Creative)
Conrad Crawford (resident) Helen Rose (resident)
Brian Dacey (Cambridge Innovation Center)    Brian Spatocco (resident)
Elizabeth Dean-Clower (resident) Dylan Tierney (resident)
Richard Holton (resident) Joe Tulimieri (Cambridge Redevelopment Authority)
Mark Jacobson (Ice Skating and Canoe) Alex Twining (Twining Properties)

Kid's Council (updated Nov 2, 2014)
Nancy Tauber, Executive Director
David Maher, Mayor Alanna Mallon, Mayor’s Education Liaison, (Mayor’s Appointee)
Marc McGovern, City Councillor (Mayor’s Appointee) Barbara R. Kibler (1 year term)
Tina Alu (Associate Director of CEOC) Susan Lapierre, 3-year term, 2012-2015
Charlotte Avant (3-year term, expires Dec 15, 2013) John Lindamood, Director of Resident Service, Cambridge Housing Authority (expires Sept 30, 2014)
Betty Bardige (Cambridge Community Foundation) Kathleen Kelly, School Committee (Mayor’s Appointee)
Sally Benbasset (3-year term, 2010-2013) Neal Michaels, Co-Chair
(Mass. Dept. of Social Services)
Andrea Collymore (Community-at-Large member, 3-year term, 2007-2010) Richard Rossi, City Manager
Jessica Daniels (3-year term, 2010-2013) Ellen Semonoff, Asst. City Manager for Human Services
Louis DePasquale, Asst. City Manager for Fiscal Affairs, City of Cambridge (City Managerís Designee) Patrick Wardell, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance
Susan Flannery, CPL Director Heather Wise, Director of Harvard Family Research Project (3-year term, 2012-2015)
Michelle Godfrey, Director of Center for Families (3-year term, 2012-2015) Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools
George Halfkenny (expires Feb 9, 2016) Robert C. Haas, Cambridge Police Commissioner
Mariamawit Gashaw, Youth Representative (expires Oct 2017) Linda Mindaye, Youth Representative (expires Oct 2015)
Griffin Andres, Youth Representative (expires Oct 2016)  

Library Board of Trustees (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Janet Axelrod, Chair Patricia Payne
William Barry James Roosevelt, Jr
Andre Mayer, Secretary Nancy Woods

License Commission (current as of Aug 18, 2012)
Elizabeth Y. Lint, Esq., Executive Director
Michael Gardner, Chair Robert C. Haas, Police Commissioner
Gerald Reardon, Fire Chief  

Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Nancy Goodwin, Chair Chuck Redmon
Tony Hsiao, Vice Chair Sue-Ellen Myers (Alternate)
Lestra Litchfield Monika Pauli (Alternate)
Carole Perrault Margaret Cecil McMahon (Alternate, expires Oct 29, 2016)

Outdoor Lighting Municipal Ordinance Task Force (appointed Dec 2, 2013)
Short-term task force expected to complete by Spring 2014
Carol Lynn Alpert, Resident Denise Jillson, Business - Harvard Square Business Assn.
Gavin Kleespies, Resident Tom Saidnawey, Business - Pemberton Farms
Charles Teague, Resident Chris Basler, Community Development
Bob Woodbury, Resident Andrea Boyer, License Commission
Peter Calkins, Business - Forest City    Steve Lenkauskas, City Electrician
David Chilinski, Business - PCA Ranjit Singanayagam, ISD Commissioner

Net Zero Task Force (appointed Dec 16, 2013)
Short-term task force expected to complete by end of 2014
Mike Connolly, Resident and Net Zero Petitioner Bill Kane, Business/Property Owner/Developer - BioMed Realty
Henrietta Davis, Resident Caitriona Cooke, Subject Matter Expert - Housing energy efficiency
Barun Singh, Resident Paul Lyons, Subject Matter Expert - Solar energy
Andrea Love, Resident Michael Davis, Subject Matter Expert - Boston Society of Architects
Julie Newman, University/Climate Compact - MIT Sustainability Office Marc Hoffman, Subject Matter Expert - Energy economist and policy expert
Heather Henriksen, University/Climate Compact - Harvard University Sustainability Office Jane Carbone, Subject Matter Expert - Affordable housing energy efficiency
Tom Sieniewicz, Cambridge Planning Board Shawn Hesse, Subject Matter Expert - LEED and Living Building challenge architect
Joseph Maguire, Business/Property Owner/Developer - Alexandria Real Estate  

Peace Commission (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Brian Corr, Exec. Director
Manikka Bowman Matthew Hoey
Karen Coleman Larry Kim
Frank Connelly Brian Loeb
Grove Harris Mushtaque Alikhan Mirza

Pedestrian Committee (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Helen Rose, Chair Magda McCormick
Elizabeth Bierer, Co-Vice-Chair Nora Marantz
Debby Galef, Co-Vice-Chair Sean Peirce
Benjamin Williams, Secretary Mark Robinson
Rose Billeci Joseph Rose
Victoria Farr Eran Segev
Robin Engel Finnegan Ryan Westrom
MJ Jensen Andrea Yoder
City Staff:
Bill Dwyer (DPW) Michael Muehe (Disabilities Comm.)
Sgt. Kathy Murphy (CPD) Jeff Parenti (T&P)

Planning Board (updated Jan 7, 2015)
Brian Murphy is Assistant City Manager for Community Development
H. Theodore Cohen (Chair, term expires Dec 1, 2019) Louis J. Bacci Jr. (term expires Dec 1, 2019)
Catherine Preston Connolly (Vice-Chair, term expires Dec 1, 2019) Mary T. Flynn (term expires Dec 1, 2019)
Hugh Russell, Chair (term expires Apr 30, 2014) Ahmed Nur, Associate Member (term expires Mar 13, 2014)
Steven Cohen (term expires Mar 12, 2016) Thacher Tiffany (Associate Member, term expires Dec 1, 2019)
Tom Sieniewicz (term expires Mar 12, 2016)  
Recent members:
Steven Winter (term expired Mar 13, 2014) Pamela Winters (term expired Mar 13, 2014)

Pole & Conduit Commission (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Andrea S. Jackson, Chair William Dwyer, Supt. of Streets
Stephen Lenkauskas, City Electrician  

Police Review and Advisory Board (updated Nov 3, 2014)
Brian Corr, Executive Secretary
Mertin Betts, Chair (term expires Oct 23, 2019) Lucy Murray-Brown (term expires Apr 16, 2017)
Ann Coyne (term expires Apr 16, 2017) Beverly C. Sealey (term expires Oct 23, 2019)
Laurence Kimbrough (term expires Apr 16, 2017)  

Public Art Commission (updated Sept 24, 2014)
Jeremy Gaucher, Public Art Administrator
Alexander van Praagh (Chair) Hue Nguyen (term expires Dec 18, 2016)
David T. DeCelis (term expires Mar 4, 2016) Bertha Pantoja-Moore
Dina Deitsch Christopher Sokolowski (term expires Dec 18, 2016)
Staff: Lillian Hsu, Jeremy Gaucher, Rika McNally
  Contact the Public Art Commission

Public Planting Committee (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
David Davis, Co-Chair Kathleen Kelly
Michael Hanlon, Co-Chair Tom Lynott
Emily Axelrod Carolyn Mathews
Maggie Booz Madeline McDowell
Janet Burns Nancy Philips
Paula Cortes Julianne Siegel Schwarzer
Chantal Eide Cynthia Smith
E. Thomas Flynn Florrie Wescoat
David Lefcourt, City Arborist  

Recycling Advisory Committee/
Advisory Committee on Environmentally Desirable Practices

Randi Mail is Recycling Director. (current as of Jan 15, 2014)
Current members: (2014-2016 term)
Keith Cialino Janet Mosley
Sharah Connor Laura Nichols, Cambridge Consumers Council
Jan Dillon-Schaub Michael Orr
Debby Galef Meera Singh
Rob Gogan, Harvard University Joanna Vanden
Debbie Knight Mary Verhage
Additional active participants and former members:
Michael Arnott Jarrod Jones, MIT
Luis Baigorria, Cambridge Housing Authority Jane Hirschi, CitySprouts
Meryl Brott, Recycling Program Manager Ted Live, Cambridge resident
Bob Cappadona, FCR-Boston Juliana Lyman
Liza Casella, FCR-Boston Adam Mitchell, Save That Stuff
Bruce Comen Judy Nathans
Claire Davies Helen Snively
George Delegas Robert Winters
David Demme, R.W. Beck Jason Zogg
Kevin Douglas, F.W. Russell & Sons  

Retirement Board (current as of Dec 15, 2013)
Bradford P. Tenney, Chairman James H. Monagle
Nadia Chamblin-Foster Francis E. Murphy, III
Michael P. Gardner  

Traffic Board
This Board, though mandated by state law, has not had any members for many years. Authority: Special Act of the Massachusetts Legislature, Chapter 455 of the Acts of 1961. Purpose: To hold a public hearing upon petition of 50 registered voters relative to any rule or regulation proposed to be adopted, altered or repealed and not yet in effect and approve or disapprove the proposed action. Available to the traffic director for advice and consultation. Membership: 3 members

Transit Advisory Board (current as of Dec 25, 2014)
John Attanucci MIT, Transit Research Group
Joseph Beggan Harvard University
Kelley Brown MIT / Kendall Square Association
Brian Dacey Cambridge Innovation Center
John DiGiovanni Harvard Square Business Association
Jackie Douglas LivableStreets Alliance
Charles Fineman Resident, East Cambridge
Robert Fitzgerald Resident, Mid-Cambridge
Jim Gascoigne Charles River Transportation Management Association/
Kendall Square Association
Eric Hoke Resident, Neighborhood 9
Jeffrey Lockwood Novartis / Kendall Square Association
Doug Manz HYM Investment Group
George Metzger Central Square Business Association
Susan Pacheco Cambridge Council on Aging
Katherine Rafferty Mt. Auburn Hospital
Simon Shapiro Cambridge Local First
Zachary Spitz Cambridge Youth Involvement Subcommittee
Rev. Leslie K. Sterling St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Saul Tannenbaum Resident, Cambridgeport
Ritesh Warade Resident, Cambridge Highlands

Water Board (current as of Dec 15, 2013) - 5 members
Ann C. Roosevelt, President (term expires ?) James C. Tanner, Jr. (term expires Sept 30, 2017)
James A. Burruss (term expires ?) Philip M. Weinberg (term expires ?)
Richard Johnson (term expires June 30, 2016)