November 18, 2019
Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Mayor-Elect of Medford Announces Transition Plans
Newly elected Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has formed a broad transition committee to offer advice and support in the coming transition.
“When I ran for Mayor, I did so with the intent to seek out people across Medford for advice and hard work to make our amazing city even greater. I also knew I wanted to include people that think differently than I do. Transitions are always difficult but this group of committed volunteers has the talent, experience, and diversity that we need to have a successful transition.” Said Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn.
The goals of the volunteer group will be to 1) create avenues for Medford residents to offer additional feedback on priorities, 2) combine that public feedback with their own diverse experience to create recommendations for Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn to consider as she takes office in January, and 3) begin the work of unifying Medford by offering a variety of perspectives a voice at the table.
Lungo-Koehn has selected Sean Caron of Chandler Rd. to chair the Committee. Caron is currently Managing Director of Harvard University Real Estate. He previously served as Chief of Operations at the Community Builders, Counsel for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Policy Director for Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. He was gubernatorial appointee to the Medford Housing Authority from 2012-2013 and also volunteers in Medford youth sports.
Stephen Pompeo of Newton Rd. will serve as Assistant Chair. Pompeo brings a depth of experience as a successful Medford business owner and through his involvement in a host of civic issues and roles critical to our community. He has been a member of the Board of Assessors, Board of Park Commissioners, Director of the Medford Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of its Government Affairs Committee. Pompeo will not be joining the administration after the transition, and stated “The work to ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption is just beginning, and I’m committed to assisting Breanna so she and her administration can hit the ground running in January.”
Caron added ‘My role is to facilitate a process that results in the best ideas being put on the table for 2020. While I won’t be joining the Administration, the opportunity to serve in this volunteer capacity is a true honor. I am excited to do whatever I can to help position Medford for the positive, inclusive change Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn has called for.’
Transition committee members include:
(*descriptions and affiliations for identification purposes only)
Sean Caron. Chair. Chandler Rd.
Stephen Pompeo. Assistant Chair. Newton Rd.
John Costas. Haines St. Owner, Medford Electronics. President, Medford Chamber of Commerce.
Joan Cyr. Cedar Rd. North. Associate Director, Research Operations & Systems, Northeastern University. Member, Community Preservation Commission.
Henry Milorin. Temple St. West Medford community leader, distinguished veteran, retired from systems programming at Fidelity.
Penny Outlaw. High St. Co-President, Royall House & Slave Quarters. Chief Human Resources Officer at Partners in Health.
Marielena P. Tecce, Psy.D. Sheridan Ave. Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Transition subcommittee on schools
Katie McCormack. Subcommittee Coordinator. Wildwood Rd. School finance administrator.
Kristy Avino. Carberry St. Co-founder of the Citywide Elementary Alliance. Chair, Medford Disabilities Commission. Labor and Employment Attorney.
Zac Bears. Fellsway West. Medford City Councilor-elect. Executive Director, PHENOM.
Gwen Blackburn. Arlington St. West Medford community leader and former school administrator.
Charlene Douglas, President of the teachers union
Jenny Graham. Ronaele Rd. School Committee member-elect. Co-chair, Brooks PTO. Co-founding member, Citywide Elementary Alliance. Co-owner, Medford-based Zelus Consulting Group.
Andy Milne. Quincy St. Teacher, Medford High School
Angela Moore. Vine St. Parent & PTO Member, Andrews Middle School
Dr. Phyllis Morrison, Andrews St. School administrator.
Brian Villard. Teacher, MyGlynn Middle School
Dr. Peter Cushing, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Transition subcommittee on planning, growth and development
Jean M. Nuzzo, PMP, CSL. Subcommittee Coordinator. Paris St. Senior project manager and change management consultant.
Roberta Cameron. North St. Planner, Community Opportunities Group. Chair, Community Preservation Commission. Member, Medford Housing.
Doug Carr. Boston Ave. Principal, CUBE3 Studio. Medford Brooks Estate Land Trust. Medford Historical Commission. Medford Community Preservation Committee.
Chris D’Aveta, AICP. West St. Community Development Professional. Medford youth sports volunteer.
Jacqueline Doherty, Esq. Monument St. Partner, the Doherty Law Firm.
Ryan Lawlor, LEED AP. Main St. Director of Real Estate at Global Partners. Medford youth sports volunteer.
Jim Lister. Winthrop St. Business Manager, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 6.
Melissa A. Miguel, P.E. Bowen Avenue. Supervising Engineer - City of Cambridge DPW.
Transition subcommittee on parking and city services
Jim Silva. Subcommittee Coordinator. Yale St. Owner, Avlis Consulting. South Medford Residents Together. Arts Collaborative Medford. SafeMedford. GLX working group.
Patricia Brady. Wason St. Licensed Mental Health Counselor and owner, Patricia Brady and Associates.
Erin DiBenedetto. Dearborn St. Outgoing School Committee member. Special education professional.
Monique Devos. Grant Ave. Analyst, Nuance Communications, Inc.
Michael Marks. Wellington Rd. Medford City Councilor.
Anthony Puccio, Electrician/Voke Educator
Within the general transition committee and the subcommittees, some potential topics for discussion will include financial management, capital planning and government efficiency, tools for transparency, reducing silos within government, advancing charter review, how to advance planning, how to ensure new development supports the character of our community, affordability for working families and seniors, advancing environmental sustainability, continuing momentum in the arts, supporting workers, and supporting local businesses, among others.
The Committee and subcommittees will be scheduling public listening sessions over the coming six weeks to gather feedback from all corners of Medford. More details will be announced shortly
In addition, Mayor-Elect Lungo-Koehn will be asking a group of volunteers to plan community service focused on the High School and potential other locations and an inaugural celebration.
Community Service & Inaugural Celebration Subcommittees
Kelly Catallo. Inaugural Celebration Chair. Otis St. CEO, Cosmopolitan Real Estate.
Lisa Colaianni. Doonan St. Sales and Marketing Professional.
Nicole Fortino. Educator.
Lisa Nargi. Andrews St. Communications, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Megan Richard. Educator.
Bill Carr Jr. MHS Service chair. Blakely Rd. President, Bay State Door Specialties. Community volunteer in youth sports and the Field of Dreams.
The tentative date for the Inauguration is Sunday, January 5th at 10am. A website will be established and shared in the coming days that will provide additional details on tickets and program.
Other ways to get involved
In addition, transition recommendations can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A survey will also available through Dec. 15th for any resident to fill out to share their views: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Medford2019Transition
Lungo-Koehn would also like to highlight the following appreciation and thoughts: “Thank you for your ongoing engagement. Medford is strong and we’re going to get even stronger. We do so by working together. The feedback I receive through this process will help us hit the ground running come January. I am thrilled to tackle the hard work ahead. I know the challenges are difficult but also know we’re up for tackling them if we do so together as a unified City.”
We've started to take some concrete steps to plan the upcoming Mayoral transition and I wanted to share a few thoughts.
First, we've created a new email address to field any recommendations we should consider as part of the transition: Medfordtransition2019@gmail.com. Please share any suggestions or recommendations here.
Second, we've created a poll to seek additional feedback on priorities. We would appreciate it if you spend 3 minutes completing this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Medford2019Transition Feel free to share this publicly with any Medford resident or business owner.
Third, we've started to assemble a transition committee. In addition to general recommendations, the committee will focus on i) schools, ii) parking and city services and iii) planning, growth and development. The committee will also include a subcommittee who will plan a day of service during the first week of January in addition to the inaugural event itself. The goals of the transition committee will be to i) create avenues for Medford residents to offer additional feedback on priorities, ii) combine that public feedback with their own diverse experience and create recommendations for me to consider when I take office on January 6th, and iii) begin the work of unifying Medford by offering a variety of perspectives a voice at the table. More to come on that in about a week.
Thank you for the kind notes and offers of support. The past week has been a humbling experience and I am so grateful to all of you for your encouragement.
All the best,