I’m motivated by civics: how we participate in, and shape our world, develop local leadership, and match our passions and interests to the needs and goals of our communities. To do this well, we need teams that bring out our individual strengths.
My interests include sustainable and equitable transportation. I chair the Town of Natick’s Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee, and serve on our Transportation Advisory Committee and the Working Group for the Natick Center MBTA Station Accessibility Improvements Project.
I was an elected member of the Natick Board of Selectmen from 2006 to 2016, and have been an elected Town Meeting member for about 20 years. I was also honored to serve on the Board of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, including a term as President.
I also help staff a statewide advocacy coalition, Transportation for Massachusetts.
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The CRT project has been a community priority since the 1990s, and a Town initiative since 2006, my first year as a member of the Board of Selectmen. The project is now under construction in Natick, and will help transform our region when it opens in 2021.
The Natick Center commuter rail station is the busiest, fully-inaccessible station in the MBTA’s commuter rail network. I helped jumpstart the redesign in 2012 by leading a local initiative. It is now an MBTA project at 100% design, and will go out to bid in August 2019.
Fun With Food
Food connects us to each other and to the planet. It’s a reflection of our culture, identities, families and communities, important to health, and for me a form of creative expression and relaxation.
Festival of Heat
I like to organize and convene people around ideas and causes. Just preparing and sharing horseradish was not enough - several years ago I established the Festival of Heat as a “food raiser,” collecting donations to support our local food pantries. It is unlikely that you have had anything else as tangy, colorful and interesting.
I have never been accused of taking myself too seriously. It’s healthy to share a laugh now and then.