From: Kelley, Craig
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2015 6:58 AM
Subject: Foundry on Monday night's Council Agenda
The Manager has appointed several people to the Foundry Advisory Committee. I donít know many of them which, I think, means he cast a pretty wide net to get people. All of them have credentials I like, especially in the arts (my personal favorite use). Managing the Foundry to meet all of the various things people want it to be as best as possible is going to be a big challenge and this group looks well-equipped to help handle it.
Feel free to come speak about this issue Monday night if you wish, remembering we are meeting back at City Hall again. You can sign up by phone between 9 and 3 on Monday at 617-349-4280 or in person at City Hall between 5 and 6. Public comment sign up stops at 6, though the comment period itself may last longer. You may also email the entire Council at Council@Cambridgema.gov.
Thanks a lot.
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City Manager Letter
September 28, 2015
To the Honorable, the City Council:
I am pleased to inform you that I have made the following appointments to the newly formed Foundry Advisory Committee. The role of the Committee will include working closely with the City, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA), to evaluate potential uses, programs, and space configurations in the Foundry building, in the context of the vision and objectives that were created through a robust community process.
Collectively, the group represents a range of backgrounds and perspectives including arts, theater, science, nonprofit operation, real estate development, and law. They also bring relevant skills and experience that will help provide valuable insight at this stage in the redevelopment of the building. Advisory Committee meetings are anticipated to occur approximately quarterly beginning this fall.
Deborah Rue - Deborah Rue was appointed to a three-year term. Deborah is the Executive Director of Just-A-Start Corporation, and has extensive experience in both managing non-profit organizations as well as developing properties. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Folakemi Alalade - Folakemi Alalade was appointed to a two-year term. She is a resident of the Area IV neighborhood. Folakemi is a member of the Port Arts Council and the founder of MatriArts, an organization that fosters and promotes African women's art. She has also served on the Kendall Square Advisory Committee.
Jamie Sabino - Jamie Sabino was appointed to a one-year term. Jamie has a background in law, as well as extensive volunteer work throughout the community, including with Cambridge Public Schools, and several non-profit organizations. She has also worked with the CRLS Arts Council and Beyond the Fourth Wall (a theater company that works with Cambridge students).
Jason Slavick - Jason Slavick was appointed to a three-year term. He is a high school teacher, as well as the Artistic Director of Liars and Believers, a non-profit theater company based in Cambridge. Jason is a strong advocate for the arts, with an appreciation for the impact it can have on the quality of life.
Mark Tang - Mark Tang was appointed to a two-year term. Mark is a resident of East Cambridge and has professional training and experience in law and engineering, and currently works as a real estate attorney. He has also volunteered as part of the Sullivan Courthouse Working Group.
Miriam Bucheli - Miriam Bucheli was appointed to a one-year term. She resides in the Kendall Square/ East Cambridge area and has a passion for both science and art and the potential to combine the two fields. She has a professional background in molecular genetics, is the author of a children's book, and also recently developed a start-up.
Richard Thal - Richard Thal was appointed to a three-year term and brings thirty years of experience in leadership roles with prominent non-profit community development organizations including Inquilinos Boricuas in Action and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. His experience includes work on adaptive re-use of industrial buildings, schools and churches.