Thursday, May 23, 2024




Jefferson R. Smith, born in Lawrence, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a master’s in public administration as well as a master’s in political science from Suffolk University.

He worked in Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration for nearly five years on reforming the state Department of Transportation, writing reforms that included the first-in-the-nation Healthy Transportation Compact focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel and improving public health. He was the agency’s designated commissioner on the Jobs Creation Committee, a Cambridge-led innovation to create and maintain quality jobs in the state.

A Cambridge resident for more than a decade, Smith has been chairman of the Democratic City Committee and helped organize to help elect Patrick, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senator-Elect Ed Markey. He lives in Inman Square with his girlfriend Anna.

He is a member of the board of directors of MassRecycle, a statewide nonprofit coalition, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he teaches public policy.

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