By All Means

Somerville, MA

Leadership: 

City

  • Mayor: Joseph Curtatone
  • Board of Aldermen President: William A. White, Jr.
    • The Board of Aldermen has 11 elected members
  • Governor: Charlie Baker

School

  • School Governance Structure: The School Committee consists of 7 members elected by ward every two years (on the odd years). The Mayor and the Board of Aldermen President are ex-officio members with full voting rights.
  • Chief State School Officer: Mitchell D. Chester
  • Superintendent: Mary Skipper
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association President: Barbara Madeloni

Health

  • Director of Health and Human Services: Doug Kress
  • SEIU United Healthcare East Vice President: Tyrek D. Lee, Sr.

 

Community Data: 

Crime Rate Data (according to Neighborhood Scout’s 2014 data):

  • 2.71 annual violent crimes per 1,000 residents
  • 15.7 annual property crimes per 1,000 residents
  • Crime Index of 43* (safer than 43% of all cities in the U.S.)

Primary Health Care Organizations:

  • Cambridge Health Alliance

*The FBI UCI data for Massachusetts (2014) shows that Somerville appears to be safer than 66% of Massachusetts cities with a population of at least 50,000.

Demographics: 

City Consultant:

Yasmene Mumby

Yasmene serves as the By All Means consultant to Somerville, MA, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the 2018 awardee of the Harvard Innovation Lab’s Education Entrepreneurship Fellowship, and was named the 2017 winner of the Rising Star in Education award. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Yasmene earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she received the 2016 Public Service Award for graduating students who, during their law school careers, engaged in legal work that significantly advances the public interest.

In 2012, Yasmene was named one of Maryland’s Emerging Leaders in their Twenties, following her time as a trained Organizer through the Industrial Areas Foundation and their local affiliate, BUILD: Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. She also served as co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition as the organization led the unification of 3,000 people, the Mayor, Baltimore City Schools, the Baltimore City Senate and House Delegation, and three-quarters of Maryland’s Legislature to push the passage of up to $1 billion in funding to improve school facilities for Baltimore’s 85,000 students. Yasmene has organized with parent, teacher, and youth leaders towards impactful victories for students – from ensuring filtered lead-free water for students, to organizing teachers in an unprecedented contract negotiation, to averting $150 million in budget cuts. Her teaching career began in West Baltimore in 2008, where she grew frustrated with inequities impacting the achievement and wellbeing of students and teachers.

Work Update*: 

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