Following my work creating and adopting a Select Board Code of Conduct, I advocated for and now Chair the Select Board's Policy Sub Committee.
I have focused on reviewing and updating finance policies. This work is critical given the departure of Wellesley's long term CFO, the Town's management of long term obligations around post retirement benefits (OPEB), and our recent experience building and administrating reserves during the uncertainties of COVID.
As the only accountant on the Board I am uniquely qualified to lead financial policy work. Before joining the Select Board I chaired the Town's Audit Committee. I have worked hard to build strong institutional knowledge of the Town's financial process and am an asset to the Board as Wellesley transitions to a new CFO.
The Policy sub Committee has a long list of matters to be addressed. This work takes a lot of research, so connections with other Town boards and municipalities is extremely beneficial. My work with regional organizations is extremely valuable here. To do this work well you need an open mind, a collaborative approach, and a willingness to grind through a difficult iterative process.
Regional Transportation Organizations
Upon joining the Select Board in 2020, I was asked to work on Transportation and Mobility.
I jumped wholeheartedly into this work and have earned leadership positions on multiple regional transportation organizations.
Member of the Executive Committee
Chair of the Budget & Audit Committee
Vice chair of the Commuter Rail Committee
Member of the Climate and Clean Energy Committee
The MBTA Advisory Board provides policy guidance to the MBTA with the shared goal to provide effective and efficient transportation services.
Member of the Advisory Board.
After joining the board I advocated for the re-establishment of the Audit & Finance Committee, which I now Chair.
The MWRTA Advisory Board guides the MWRTA which provides bus, shuttle, paratransit and micro-transit (the "Catch Connect") services to Wellesley.
These various committees typically meet quarterly, are effective in creating a strong network of transportation experts, and are excellent platforms to advocate for Wellesley's transportation needs.
The Metro Area Planning Council (MAPC), is the regional planning agency serving 101 cities and towns of metropolitan Boston. The Council's mission is to support smart growth and regional collaboration.
I am the Select Board's representative to the Council
In 2022 I was elected to the Council's Executive Committee
I also represent Wellesley in MAPC's more informal Regional Collaborative where Select Board and Planning Board representatives from 10 communities meet monthly to discuss regional initiatives and issues each community is facing.
MAPC works toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, clean energy, healthy communities, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.
My involvement with MAPC is a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the complex regional factors affecting Wellesley, and hear from other municipalities as they work through these issues. Municipalities often face similar challenges, and we can really learn from and support each other in this important work.