Why Am I Running?
I’m running for the Select Board now because I believe my professional experience, previous service on the Select Board, local relationships, and clear vision for a better Natick can contribute substantially to the Board’s priorities moving forward, including some urgent decisions that will be made in 2021.
I’ve volunteered in many roles in Natick over the past 13 years, notably as a selectman (2010-2013) and chair of the Economic Development Committee (2009-2015). I also worked as the CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce from 2015-2019.
My wife, Lena, and I have been Natick residents for 22 of the past 25 years; we lived in Austin, TX from 2000-2002. We are the proud parents of two former NPS students, now aged 20 and 18. My first-ever involvement in local politics stemmed from preventing the closure of Johnson Elementary School in 2008 when I was active with the leadership team that created “Yes For Natick!”
1) Hiring Natick’s next Town Administrator;
2) Navigating the impacts of a post-pandemic economy on Town revenue and operations, especially municipal services and school budgets;
3) More effectively incorporating community feedback into policy decisions, operations, and volunteer appointments; and,
4) Examining Natick’s governance model and operating norms and their impacts on the Town’s ability to grow and operate more effectively and equitably.
What I Offer:
- Vision for a Natick that plans, budgets, and manages with a holisitc perspective
- Experience and knowledge to more effectively select and support the next Town Administrator’s successful start in the community.
- Leadership and collaborative approach to re-imagine and improve our operations to “do more with less” or better yet, “do even more with more!”
- Track record of listening, learning, and engaging in respectful debate, difficult conversations, and taking decisive action.