Cambridge, Massachusetts -- Boards and Commissions
updated Thursday, June 25, 2015 11:45 AM

   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

Historic and Neighborhood Conservation District Commissions Seek New Members

City SealThe Cambridge City Manager is seeking to fill vacancies for members and alternate members on the Cambridge Historical Commission, Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Commission, Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commission, and the Mid Cambridge NCD Commission. Nominations from interested Cambridge residents are welcome through August 14.

The Cambridge Historical Commission, a body of seven members and three alternates, establishes historic preservation policy for the city and administers two historic districts, the Harvard Square Conservation District, the citywide landmark and demolition ordinances, and the preservation grant program for rehabilitation assistance. The neighborhood conservation district commissions are made up of five members and three alternates, with most members being residents of the neighborhoods. Each of the four Commission generally meets monthly to review alterations to protected buildings.

The Cambridge Historical Commission, established in 1963, is the cityís historic preservation agency. It is managed by a professional staff that supports four Commissions made up of appointed volunteers.

The current vacancies are for one alternate on the Cambridge Historical Commission, one alternate on the Avon Hill and Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commissions, and one member, who must be a tenant in the neighborhood, in the Mid-Cambridge NCD. Alternates are expected to attend all meetings and participate fully in discussion, and are designated to vote as needed.

Applicants should have an interest in architecture, local history or historic preservation and be committed to protecting the historic resources and built environment of the City. Appointments to the Commission are made by the City Manager with regard to a diversity of viewpoints. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Individuals interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, August 14, 2015 to Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission, 831 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or by e-mail to histcomm@cambridgema.gov.


Cambridge Announces Formation of Foundry Advisory Committee - Application Deadline Extended to June 30
City Manager seeking volunteers to serve on committee

City SealThe Cambridge City Manager is seeking volunteers to serve on a new Foundry Advisory Committee that he is establishing. This group will advise and provide regular updates to the City Manager as well as providing regular updates to the Executive Director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) on proposed uses within the Foundry building, which will be redeveloped and operated consistent with the vision and objectives that grew out of an extensive community planning process. The deadline to submit a letter of interest has been extended to June 30, 2015.

In evaluating potential uses, programs, and use of shared spaces for creativity and innovation at the Foundry, the Committee will take into account the interior configuration, ongoing operations, changing demand and market forces, updates in technology and innovation, and other outside impacts. The Committee will also review any proposals for significant capital changes to the building as they affect the Foundry’s objectives.

Meetings are anticipated to occur quarterly, although more frequent meetings may be required in the initial stages of the redevelopment process. The Committee will provide annual updates to the CRA Board at regular Board meetings, which will provide the public with information regarding its activities and provide a forum for input. Members of the Committee will be initially appointed by the City Manager to staggered terms of 1-3 years.

The City Manager seeks individuals with demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team with diverse opinions to craft consensus recommendations. The City Manager’s intention is to create a committee that includes experience and expertise in related topic areas, as well as representation from various neighborhoods within the city, and local non-profit and community organizations.

Additional information regarding the Foundry building is available on the project webpage: www.cambridgema.gov/foundry

To apply, please send a letter by June 30, 2015 describing your interest in the Foundry Advisory Committee as well as any relevant experience and qualifications to:
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Email: citymanager@cambridgema.gov
Fax: 617-349-4307


Cambridge Kids’ Council Vacancy - Application Deadline Extended to June 30

City SealCity Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking a Cambridge resident interested in volunteering to serve on the Cambridge Kids’ Council, which is dedicated to developing policy and program recommendations aimed at improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in Cambridge, so that youth are: healthy and living in safe communities; live in stable, self-sufficient, and supportive families; are engaged in enriching activities and civic life; and are prepared with the tools to help them succeed in school.

The Mayor of Cambridge serves as the Chair of the Kids’ Council. Committee members include key stakeholders in local government and in the community, which includes the following:

  • City Councillor and School Committee member;
  • City department heads (City Manager designee, Assistant City Manager for Human Services, Commissioner of Health and Hospitals, Police Commissioner, Director of the Cambridge Public Library, Superintendent of Schools);
  • Representatives from the philanthropic community, a state agency serving children, youth and families, the business community, the university community, the early childhood community, the community-at-large, and youth (ages 14-18).

The Kids’ Council is currently focusing on family engagement and developing recommendations to create and support genuine partnerships between families and the organizations and institutions that serve them. Past initiatives include: creating a citywide Family Engagement Policy adopted by the Cambridge City Council in November 2013; developing recommendations to enhance the capacity of the Community Engagement Team (CET) by hiring additional outreach workers and a full-time program assistant; developing a training program; and establishing a more formal partnership with Cambridge Public Schools. The Council is also working with Code for Boston to develop an easy-to-use, single point portal which can be translated into multiple languages so that families, youth, and those who support them can easily find the activities, services and resources they are looking for in Cambridge.

The Kids’ Council meets approximately 6-7 times per year on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:15-7:15pm. For more information, please contact Nancy Tauber, Executive Director, at 617-349-6239 or ntauber@cambridgema.gov.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a resume by the newly extended deadline of June 30, 2015 to: Cambridge Kids’ Council, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139, or email your letter to ntauber@cambridgema.gov.

Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, Duane Brown, Director (updated Mar 28, 2015)
Jonathan Yip, Chair Michael Muehe
Leroy Cragwell Tasha Thomas
Roberta Goto Stephen Vesce
Ken Likis Qadir Wahid
Jonathan Santos (expires Mar 2, 2017) J. Benjamin Harris (expires Mar 2, 2017)
Calvin Lindsay Jr. (expires Mar 2, 2017) Stephanie A. Crayton (expires Mar 2, 2017)

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 (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 June 19, 2015)
Staff: Sarah Burks
Constantin von Wentzel, Chair (expires Apr 1, 2010) Catherine Henn (expires Apr 1, 2010)
Arthur Bardige (expires Nov 1, 2018) Heli Meltsner (expires Nov 1, 2016)
Robert G. Crocker - (expires Mar 1, 2013) John Sanzone (expires June 22, 2018)
Theresa Hamacher (expires Nov 1, 2017) Mark Golberg, Alternate
Recent members:
Maryann Thompson (expired Apr 1, 2012)  

Bicycle Committee (updated June 8, 2015)
Jonathan Adams, Chair (expires Mar 31, 2017) Joseph Poirier (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Michael Proscia, Vice Chair (expires Mar 31, 2017) Megan Ramey
Ari Ofsevit, Secretary (expires Mar 31, 2017) Joseph Raser (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Steve Bercu (expires Mar 31, 2017) Ruthann Rudel (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Ann Marie Biernacki (expires Mar 31, 2017) Ingrid Schorr
Evadne Cokeh (expires Mar 31, 2017) Randy Stern
Amy Flax (expires Mar 31, 2017) Mechthild von Knobelsdorff (expires Mar 31, 2017)
John Goodman (expires Mar 31, 2017) Peter Stokes
Katherine Howitt (expires Mar 31, 2017) Andrea Williams
Caroline Jaffe (expires Mar 31, 2017) Melissa Shakro, MIT (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Sean McDonnell (expires Mar 31, 2017) Mark Rabinsky, Harvard
Recent former members:
David Chiriboga Taylor Fickett
Madeleine deBlois Amy Linne
Sarah Ehrich Matthew Schrumpf
Brenda Pike Viola Augustin
Catharine Hornby Tom Meek

Board of Assessors (updated Dec 15, 2013)
Robert P. Reardon, Chair (expires Dec 31, 2013) vacancy
Andrew J. Johnson (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 Mar 28, 2015) - 5 Members, 7 Associates
Members:
Constantine Alexander, Chair Janet Ohle Green (previous Associate term expired Apr 17, 2014)
Timothy Hughes, Vice-Chair (expires Jan 22, 2011) Thomas P. Scott (expires Dec 15, 2019)
Brendan Sullivan (expires Jan 19, 2012)  
Associate Members:
Slater W. Anderson (expires Dec 15, 2016) Jim Monteverde (expires Dec 15, 2016)
George Best (expires Dec 15, 2016) Douglas Myers (expires Dec 15, 2016)
Alison Hammer (expires Dec 15, 2016) Lindsey Thorne-Bingham (expires Apr 17, 2017)
Andrea A. Hickey (expires Dec 15, 2016) Laura Wernick, FAIA (expires Feb 20, 2017)

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 June 19, 2015)
Ellen Semonoff (City of Cambridge Officer) Steve Manos (Cambridge, term expires July 2017)
Isaac M. Machado, JD (Somerville, expires July 1, 2011) Gerald A. McCue (Somerville, expires July 2017)
Moacir Barbosa (Cambridge, expires July 2017), Asst. Director for Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action (HRiA) Kathleen McGilvray (Somerville, expires June 30, 2015)
Maren Batalden, MD, Medical Staff member (expires June 11, 2016) Danna Mauch, Ph.D. (Cambridge seat, expires June 11, 2017)
Robina Bhasin, EdM (Somerville seat, expires June 11, 2017) Barbara Anthony (Cambridge, expires June 11, 2018)
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, Vice-Chair (Cambridge, term expires June 11, 2016)
William Hart (Everett, expires June 11, 2018) Maxwell (Mike) Solet (Cambridge, expires July 1, 2010)
Madge Kaplan (Cambridge, expires June 11, 2018) Deborah Klein Walker (Cambridge, expires July 1, 2011)
Lucian Leape, MD (Cambridge) Patrick Wardell, Chief Executive Officer, CHA
Traci A. Logan (Cambridge, expires June 30, 2015) Cathy Wirth
Project Manager, Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Carol Van Deusen Lukas, Chair (Cambridge, expires June 11, 2016) Katharine S. Kosinski, MD (Cambridge, June 11, 2018)

Cambridge Housing Authority (current as of June 19, 2015)
Warren McManus (Chair, 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 (expires Jan 25, 2020)
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, 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 (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 (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 June 19, 2015)
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 4/12/18) Barry Zevin, Asst. Secretary (governor appointee, expires 11/14/2019)
Chris Bator, Treasurer (City appointee, expires 4/12/18)  

Central Square Advisory Committee (current as of Mar 28, 2015)
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 ifarooq@cambridgema.gov 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 June 19, 2015)
Elizabeth Dean-Clower, Chair Maria Fontellio (expires June 22, 2018)
Bet MacArthur, Secretary JoAnn Haas
Miriam Cooper Nicole Horton-Stimpson
Sandy Durmaskin Zarha Kanji (expires June 22, 2018)
Kara Falise Naomi Pinson
Avner Fink (expires June 19, 2016) Alicia Zeh-Dean (expires June 22, 2018)
Recent members:
Holly Aldrich (expires June 19, 2016) Alissa Land

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 June 2, 2015)
9 members
Lisa Peterson, CPA Committee Chair, Deputy City Manager Ellen Schacter, Resident, City of Cambridge
(exp. Apr 1, 2020)
Chandra Harrington, Member, Historical Commission (exp. June 1, 2020) Susan Schlesinger, Member, Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust (exp. May 10, 2020)
Gerard J. Clark, Cambridge Housing Authority (exp. May 10, 2020) Albe Simenas, Conservation Commission
(exp. May 10, 2020)
Louis DePasquale, Assistant City Manager, Finance Thacher Tiffany, Planning Board
(exp. June 1, 2020)
Kevin A. Foster, Resident, City of Cambridge (through June 1, 2017)  

Conservation Commission (current as of Dec 15, 2014) - 7 members have 3-year terms
Jennifer (Wright) Letourneau, Director
Adam J. Hornstine, Chair (expires Sept 30, 2012) Kaki Martin (expires ?)
Purvi Patel, Vice Chair (expires June 25, 2015) Edward (Ted) Pickering (expires June 25, 2015)
Dorothy Altman (expires ?) Albe Simenas (expires ?)
Ivria Glass Fried (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 Mar 28, 2015) - 11 members
Ethel J. Ampey (through Apr 30, 2016) Benjamin C. Horner (through Apr 30, 2016)
Daniel Burroso, CPD (through Mar 2, 2017) 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)
Recent former members:  
Elizabeth Cadigan (through Aug 31, 2014)  

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 Apr 10, 2015)
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 - 3/31/2019) 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 Mar 28, 2015)
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 (expires Jan 26, 2018)
Bill Barnert (expires Jan 26, 2018) Robert L. Parlin
Caitlin Drechsler Lesley Rebecca Phillips
Maggie Giles Neil A. Scannell (expires Jan 14, 2016)
Gregory Grays-Thomas Kara Smith (expires Jan 26, 2018)
Steven Lee (expires Jan 1, 2013) Kevin Shpritzer (expires Jan 12, 2011)
Neil S MacInnes-Barker (expires Jan 26, 2018) Danny Venezia (expires Jan 14, 2016)
Mal Malme Anna J. Weick (expires Dec 31, 2016)
Kristina M. Mastropasqua (expires Jan 14, 2016) Dana Zircher
Michael McKenna  
Maya Escobar (expires Jan 26, 2018) LaTayna Purnell (expires Jan 26, 2018)
Jessica Daniels (expires Jan 26, 2018)  

Half Crown/Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (current as of June 19, 2015)
Marie-Pierre Dillenseger (expires June 22, 2018) Charles Smith (expires June 22, 2018)
William King (expires June 25, 2016) Judith Dortz, Alternate (expires June 22, 2017)
Michael Robertson (expires Oct 1, 2016) Deborah Masterson, Alternate
Dr. Peter Schur (expires June 22, 2018) James Van Sickle, Alternate (expires June 22, 2017)
Recent members:
Robert Banker  

Harvard Square Advisory Committee (current as of June 19, 2015)
William G. Barry, Jr. (expires June 10, 2018) Gladys Gifford
Allison Crosbie Frank Kramer
Lauren Curry Kari Kuelzer
John DiGiovanni Alexandra Offiong, Harvard
Bridget Dinsmore Matt Simitis
Maximilian Frank  
Recent members:
Willis Bibbins Hugh Russell
Sheldon Cohen Mary Webb

Historical Commission (current as of June 19, 2015)
William B. King, Chair (expires Sept 30, 2016) Chandra Harrington (expires June 26, 2017)
Bruce Irving Jo M. Solet (expires June 22, 2016)
William G. Barry, Jr. (expires Jan 23, 2016) Joseph V. Ferrara, Alternate (expires June 10, 2018)
Shary Berg (expires June 22, 2018) Susannah Tobin, Alternate (expires June 10, 2018)
Robert G. Crocker (expires Feb 8, 2017)  
Recent members:
M. Wyllis Bibbins  

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 June 19, 2015)
Tony Hsiao, Vice Chair Carole Perrault
Lestra Litchfield Nancy Goodwin, Alternate (expires June 22, 2017)
Sue-Ellen Myers (expires June 22, 2018) Margaret Cecil McMahon (Alternate, expires Oct 29, 2016)
Monika Pauli (expires June 22, 2018) Chuck Redmon, Alternate (expires June 22, 2017)

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 June 19, 2015)
Brian Corr, Exec. Director
Frank Connelly (expires Oct 19, 2017) Elelchi Kadete (expires June 22, 2016)
Larry Kim (expires Oct 19, 2017) Lijun Li (expires June 22, 2018)
George Atallah (expires June 22, 2017) Johanne Méléance (expires June 22, 2017)
Aboma Dirbaba (expires June 22, 2018) John Ratliff (expires June 22, 2017)
Jame Eliscar (expires June 22, 2016) Regina Yang (expires June 22, 2018)
Gladys Friedler (expires June 22, 2016)  
Recent members:
Manikka Bowman Matthew Hoey
Karen Coleman Brian Loeb
Grove Harris Mushtaque Alikhan Mirza

Pedestrian Committee (updated Mar 28, 2015)
Debby Galef, Chair (expires Mar 31, 2017) Nora Marantz
Victoria Farr, Co-Vice-Chair (expires Mar 31, 2017) Carriane Jung (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Magda McCormick, Co-Vice-Chair (expires Mar 31, 2017)  Sean Peirce (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Benjamin Muller, Secretary Helen Rose (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Elizabeth Bierer (expires Mar 31, 2017) Joseph Rose (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Rose Billeci (expires Mar 31, 2017) Sam Stern (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Liza Cohen (expires Mar 31, 2017) Ryan Westrom
Jodie Cohen-Tanugi (expires Mar 31, 2017) Andrea Yoder (expires Mar 31, 2017)
Robin Engel Finnegan  
City Staff: (may be incorrect, but cannot tell from website or meeting minutes)
Bill Dwyer (DPW) Michael Muehe (Disabilities Comm.)
Matt Nelson (CPD) Jeff Parenti (T&P)
Former members:  
MJ Jensen Eran Segev
Mark Robinson  

Planning Board (updated Jan 7, 2015)
Brian Murphy is Assistant City Manager for Community Development
H. Theodore Cohen (Chair, expires Dec 1, 2019) Louis J. Bacci Jr. (expires Dec 1, 2019)
Catherine Preston Connolly (Vice-Chair, expires Dec 1, 2019) Mary T. Flynn (expires Dec 1, 2019)
Hugh Russell, Chair (term expires Apr 30, 2014) Ahmed Nur, Associate Member (expires Mar 13, 2014)
Steven Cohen (expires Mar 12, 2016) Thacher Tiffany (Associate Member, expires Dec 1, 2019)
Tom Sieniewicz (expires Mar 12, 2016)  
Recent members:
Steven Winter (expired Mar 13, 2014) Pamela Winters (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
Staff:
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 Mar 28, 2015)
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
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 (expires ?) James C. Tanner, Jr. (expires Sept 30, 2017)
James A. Burruss (expires ?) Philip M. Weinberg (expires ?)
Richard Johnson (expires June 30, 2016)