Cambridge Citizens Coalition
Cambridge Citizens Coalition is pleased to announce its expanded Board membership and core Advisory and Research Team members. The Board has a strong footing in our local neighborhood group leadership. Professionals of various backgrounds and activists representing the broad sweep of Cambridge's diverse residents and residential areas were core criteria in our selection. Our diversity and ongoing activism in key issues impacting both our neighborhoods and the city as a whole brings to our efforts a variety of experiences and expertise making this group far stronger than the sum of our individual parts.
CCC BOARD DEMOGRAPHICS
Demographics: The CCC’s Board currently comprises 23 members. 11 are women and 6 are members of historically under-represented groups (African, African American, Asian, and Latin American) with a cross-section of ages. We were born on five continents - Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
Education: We have attended a broad array of local educational institutions – Babson College, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern - and others both in the U.S. and abroad. We studied a wide variety of subjects – from economics to software design, from art history to biochemistry.
Our careers have included, among others: administrator, attorney, author, company founder, consultant, documentary filmmaker, economist, energy advisor, foundation director, graduate student, high school teacher, investor, landscape architect, psychoanalyst, psychologist, professor, realtor, rock musician, scientist, social worker, software designer, and talent consultant.
Our homes represent the diverse spectrum of our city’s neighborhoods, including Agassiz, Cambridgeport, East Cambridge, Fresh Pond, Huron, Harvard Square, Mid-Cambridge, MIT/Port, North Cambridge, Riverside, West Cambridge). Our residences range from condos, to multiple family structures, to rental apartments, to single family domiciles.
Our local volunteer work and activism include, among other things, Audubon, Condo association activities Little League coaching, local and regional non-profit Boards, local and regional school boards, local zoning initiatives, Museum of Science, neighborhood association leadership, preservation and restoration efforts, publishing a kid’s newspaper, recycling projects, and veteran’s affairs.
THE CCC BOARD MEMBER BACKGROUNDS
Catalina Arboleda (Mid-Cambridge). A psychologist, and native of Colombia, Catalina came to Cambridge as a Harvard Undergraduate. She is active on her Mid-Cambridge condo-board and travels frequently internationally.
Joel Bard, J.D. (Agassiz) is an authority in municipal law specializing in land use and environmental control, historic preservation, wetlands protection, affordable housing, and telecommunications. He has served as town counsel in several MA towns and has been involved in both Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Cambridge community issues such as the New Charles River Basin project.
Suzanne Preston Blier (Harvard Square). An art and architectural historian specializing in Africa, a subject she teaches at Harvard and writes about frequently. Building on efforts to save the Kiosk, she helped to found the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association and the Cambridge Citizens Coalition. She has worked on local architectural preservation, zoning, and other issues. CCC President.
Robert Camacho (Fresh Pond). Bob was a member of Warner Brothers rock group Swallow, later building a career in corporate training and software sales, most recently with Bose Corp, where he was a software test writer/developer for Bose Wave radio DVD player. A Vietnam war vet, today he volunteers as a musician at area VA Centers.
Lynn Cetrulo (Fresh Pond). Lynn grew up in Michigan and has been a Cambridge resident since 1971. She is both a psychiatrist social worker and a lay psychoanalyst, affiliated with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and has a private practice in Cambridge. She has served, and continues to serve on a number of non- profit boards and is a member of The Cambridge Club.
Elizabeth Gilmore (West Cambridge). Past chair, UNICEF New England and the Guidance Center; Elizabeth is also the Founder and former Executive Director of Greentimes, an education newsletter for 50,000 urban public school kids. Current Boards of Cambridge Homes, Mass Audubon, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Peter Glick (Huron). Investor and Entrepreneur with a special interest in clinical diagnostics. Former Executive Chairman of Dynastic Technologies and. Of Magellan Diagnostics; He holds a degree from the Sloan School at MIT and sits on the Board of the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association, where he serves as treasurer. CCC Vice President
Charles Hinds (East Cambridge) Commercial Realtor and President Hinds Associates. Previously with Group Boston Real Estate, and before then a Software developer and manager. Chuck, who holds a Computer Science M.A. is President of the East Cambridge Planning Team and has been addressing development and preservation concerns. CCC Treasurer and President Elect.
Elizabeth Gombosi (Mid-Cambridge). Elizabeth is the presiding officer of Kinhaven Music School Board in Weston, VT. She was the Associate Director (ret.) Archaeological Exploration of Sardis and has long been involved with the Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Association where she currently serves as Membership Secretary. CCC Vice President
Paola Grandi (Mid-Cambridge). A scientist who is Italian by birth, Paola lead oncology-focused biopharmaceutical companies and co-founded Oncorus. She has taught in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, her research sponsored by the NIH/NCI grants. Now a graduate student at Babson College, with a son in Cambridge public school. She is deeply committed to re-cycling and sustainability.
Eric Grunebaum ( North Cambridge). Eric is a Principal at Cambridge Energy Advisors, and has consulted on and developing solar and energy efficiency projects. He is also a broker in clean energy impact investments. An activist in restoring Jerry’s Pond on Rindge Ave. he is also a filmmaker, whose works include The Last Mountain, a feature documentary on coal and clean energy in West Virginia.
Gilberte Houbart (Huron). Of French and Colombian Background, Gilberte came to Cambridge to attend graduate school at MIT in media arts and sciences. She is a software designer and currently serves as Director of Product Design at Salsify, where she heads the 350 person design team. She has . recently joined the Board of the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association where she serves as Clerk.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Houghteling. A long-time volunteer, Betsy served for 12 years as Overseer and Trustee of the Museum of Science. She also has worked on political campaigns and for education non-profits. During the Dukakis administration she was Director of Communications for the Department of Revenue. A Kennedy School graduate, she and her husband enjoy being a “host family” for international students. CCC Clerk.
Katiti Kironde (North Cambridge). Katiti launched a career as fashion designer with an eponymous clothing line in the years after becoming the first African model on a women’s magazine cover (Glamour) while a Harvard Student. She and her husband who raised their children in Cambridge, founded the Kironde Education and Health Fund (KEHF) in her native Uganda.
Annette LaMond (West Cambridge). A Ph.D. in economics, Annette is an author, editor, and consultant, whose research has ranged from industry regulation to Cambridge women's history. A longtime member of the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club, she has advocated for public planting projects throughout the city. She is currently leading a neighborhood campaign to improve traffic safety.
Christopher Mackin (Harvard Square) – Chris, long-time renter in Cambridge, is Founder and President of Ownership Associates, Inc. based in Cambridge and a special advisor to American Working Capital LLC. He teaches part time at Rutgers University. He serves on the Board of the Harvard Square Neighborhood. Association.
Christopher Matthews (East Cambridge). Chris is Associate Principal and design leader at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Landscape Architects and lecturer in landscape architecture (GSD). Recent landscape projects:the Walden Pond Visitors’ Center, Cambridge Crossing & Alexandria Center in East Cambridge. East Cambridge Planning Team Board.
Walter McDonald (Cambridgeport). Walter was Associate Director at the North Bennett Street School (a post-secondary Boston trade and craft school), where he hired and supervised instructors and oversaw curriculum. Previously he taught history in high schools in Waltham and Tanzania and later was Director of Financial Aid at UMass Boston.
Beverly Mire (Harvard Square). Bev, a long-time renter in the Square, is a journalist and youth media specialist. She has worked with teens at Cambridge Educational Access TV. She was assistant director education for MIT/Terrascope Youth Radio and sits on the Board of Cambridge Community Television.
Rafi Mohammed (East Cambridge). Rafi, an economist (Cornell Ph.D.), founded Culture of Profit LLC which consults with businesses to help develop pricing strategy. He has authored several books on this subject, and is a frequent commentator in print media, public policy commissions and television. He previously worked at the FCC.
Shippen Page. J.D. (West Cambridge). Shippen’s law practice includes the areas of estate planning, residential real estate, and mediation. He chairs the Board of the Cambridge Public Library Foundation, as well as the Advisory Council of Revels. He is Emeriti Director of Cambridge Neighbors and is an honorary member of the Ward 9 Democratic Committee.
Phil Wellons, J.D. (Riverside). Phil specializes in international financial markets, transactions, and comparative political strategies, as a lawyer and faculty member. He was Deputy Director of the Program on International Financial Systems, working in the Zambian finance ministry, and as international consultation on five continents. Locally he has participated in several zoning initiatives.
William Julius Wilson, Honorary (MIT/Port). Geyser University Professor Emeritus at Harvard, Bill has written extensively on issues of race, class, and poverty. The holder of a National Medal of Science, among many other honors, his many books, have transformed the way that we see key issues of societal imbalances today.
CCC ADVISORY, RESEARCH, AND DESIGN REVIEW GROUP
CCC'S CORE INTEREST AREAS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING