2018 UPPLI Class
UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute (UPPLI) gives elected officials the opportunity to gain a better understanding of real estate and land use fundamentals by focusing on leadership, integrated problem solving, public/private collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.
Modeled in part after the Daniel Rose Center Fellowship Program, a ULI National public leadership training and professional development program offered to newly elected mayors of major U.S. cities, UPPLI bring similar opportunities to City Councilors, Selectmen, and Aldermen throughout New England.
Participants will engage in a dialogue about the challenging issues, varying private and public sector roles, complex tradeoffs, and fundamental economics that are at play in real estate development in communities across the region.
With a goal of building ongoing relationships, ULI Boston/New England will engage the ULPPI participants for a full year, with access to other programming and professional development opportunities.
Councilor Lydia Edwards was raised all over the world by her military mom but chose East Boston to build her home and raise a family. Her “game-changing” leadership was recently highlighted by the Boston Globe, who lauded her work as deputy director within the Mayor’s Office of Housing Stability. She was responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions to fight displacement and brought together all stakeholders: landlords, management companies, housing authorities, and tenants. Councilor Edwards worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on labor issues such as fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking. She served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
Councilor Ed Flynn is a lifelong resident of District 2, where he has been deeply involved as a community activist, veterans’ advocate, and youth sports coach. Before taking his seat as District 2 City Councilor, he was a Probation Officer at Suffolk Superior Court. Councilor Flynn served for 25 years in the U.S. Navy, both on active duty and in the reserves. He served two deployments in the Persian Gulf, is a Veteran of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and helped coordinate disaster relief in Haiti. Flynn is currently retired from the U.S. Navy. He also served for five years in the United States Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton, where he worked to improve labor conditions, expand access to affordable health care, and increase the federal minimum wage.
Councilor Alanna Mallon was elected to the Cambridge City Council on November 7th, 2017, and is currently serving her first term. In 2013, Alanna became aware that food insecurity was a barrier for academic success for many of our students. This realization was a call to action, and she began to send food home with 15 food-insecure students in one school to help them come in Monday morning ready to learn. Five years later, the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program sends home meals with 550 students in every school in Cambridge. As Mayor David Maher’s Education Liaison for two years (2015-2016), she learned first-hand that dedicated public service combined with strategic public policy can be an effective tool to change our residents’ lives for the better. Since January of 2016, she has been a Program Director at Food For Free, working closely on issues of food insecurity in Cambridge for various vulnerable populations in Cambridge and the Greater Boston area. Through this work, she came to realize that there is a link between the resources and services that residents need: affordable housing, access to high-quality day-care and early education opportunities, mental health and human services, and many more.
Councilor Sumbul Siddiqui is currently serving her first term on the Cambridge City Council. Sumbul is a long time Cambridge resident and brings her expertise as a legal aid attorney to the Council. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and a law degree from Northwestern Pritzer School of Law. Sumbul is excited to work on creating more affordable housing, supporting small businesses, increasing civic engagement, making Cambridge more climate-resilient, and improving the health and safety of its neighborhoods.
Councilor Quninton Zondervan is a tech entrepreneur, non-profit leader and community activist currently serving his first term on the Cambridge City Council. Quinton is passionate about protecting our natural environment and increasing our sustainability through systemic transformation. His main priorities on the Council are affordable housing, sustainable transportation and taking action on climate change. For nearly a decade, Quinton served as a member of the Climate Protection Action Committee. In 2013, he co-authored the Net Zero zoning petition that lead to the city’s groundbreaking Net Zero Action Plan adopted in 2015 to get Cambridge’s climate change causing emissions from buildings down to zero. From 2011 through 2017, Quinton served as president and board chair of Green Cambridge, Inc. In 2013, he co-founded the Climate Action Business Association in Boston and currently serves as its president and board chair. Before joining the council, Quinton worked professionally as a software engineer and later as an entrepreneur. He has helped start several companies in software, biotech and cleantech, and most recently co-founded a healthcare IT company, eCareVault, which helps families and professionals coordinate care for special needs children.
Alderman Manisha Bewtra, is serving in her first term as a Alderman-at-Large for the city of Melrose. Manisha is an experienced city planner. She has worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she has worked as a consultant for the City of Melrose Office of Planning and Community Development. She assisted the City with developing transit-oriented zoning changes around the three commuter rail stations, which were adopted in 2014. In 2015, she began work on Melrose Forward: A Community Vision and Master Plan. She has learned that Melrose is a small city that does a lot with a little. Manisha’s experience in local government and specific knowledge of Melrose give her an understanding of the nuances of the decision-making that the Board of Aldermen oversees.
Councilor Donimgo Dominguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Currently residing in Salem Massachusetts, Domingo holds a seat as City Councilor at Large. Domingo has a history of community involvement in Salem, his main goal to inspire and provide a path for the people around him. A graduate of Lee University with a degree in Business Domingo owned and ran his own telecommunications business in Salem for over 15 years. He is currently the Regional Sales Manager for IDT Corporations.
Councilor Lisa Peterson was elected to the Salem City Council in November of 2017. In this capacity, she sits on the Administration & Finance; Government Services; and Public Health, Safety and the Environment Committees. Additionally, she serves as the City Council liaison to Salem’s Disabilities Commission and has recently joined the Board of Directors of Destination Salem, Salem’s travel, and tourism board. In her capacity as a City Councilor, she is especially dedicated to improving communication between the city and her constituents, and to working with residents throughout her ward to create neighborhood associations as well as innovative ways to engage with the city. She aims to improve the physical condition of streets and sidewalks, as well as traffic patterns throughout her ward. Councillor Peterson is a Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner and has been the Founder and President of Lantern Financial, LLC – a financial planning and financial literacy firm – for the past 10 years. Additionally, she founded and runs Adventure Girls – an empowerment organization for women and girls operating throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts. She is the President of the Alumnae/ Association and a Trustee of her alma mater, Simmons College in Boston.
Councilor Caroline Bays has been active in the political world since she was eight years old. She has been an active member of the Democratic Town Committee in Watertown and is currently vice-chair. After years of helping to elect other candidates, she finally took the plunge and ran for councilor-at-large in November and won. She is looking forward to serving the people of Watertown as a newly elected representative.