Theodora Skeadas for City Council, 2021
Challenger running for City Council for the first time
Background: Consultant and data scientist in defense and intelligence, public policy adviser with Twitter and executive director of small-business group Cambridge Local First | Focuses: Local economy, housing justice, climate action
From A Better Cambridge, Sept. 19: What’s the No. 1 strategy or policy you want the next City Council to pursue on housing?
I want the next City Council to create permanent, safe noncongregate housing for the unhoused community. Unhoused people have the right to their own private room, both to feel safe and to preserve their dignity. Under the current government, hundreds of unhoused Cambridge residents do not have access to private space. Inadequate shelter space means people sleep on the street, which is acceptable. At the YWCA Cambridge, we have 103 single-occupancy rooms for single women, with supportive services. We can replicate this model across Cambridge to provide housing to all of our unhoused community members.
From the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition: How would you increase the diversity of voices on city projects and as members of Cambridge boards and committees?
Boards and other committees need to meet people where they are. This means scheduling opportunities for public comment outside normal work hours, making them accessible virtually for people who cannot attend in person, canvassing communities of color to seek their feedback and translating key resources to non-English languages.
From the Cambridge Citizens Coalition, Sept 26: Cambridge is about to hire a city manager. Describe your ideal city manager for this time and their qualities.
I would like to see a city manager who is progressive, responsive to the public dialogue and accountable to the people of Cambridge.