2021 Candidate for Councilor at Large, Ward 6
Campaign Website: https://lisagordonfornewton.com/Biographical statement
Community advocate & activist. 20+ yrs of leadership roles specializing in strategy, implementation, & collaboration in small businesses and non-profits. Co-founder Signs of Gratitude project that raised 5K+ for Newton Pandemic relief funds and during the darkest days of the pandemic.
Questions and Answers
Question 1: What in your background prepares you to be effective in the political office you are seeking?
I started working at the age of 12 and I know what it is to work hard and with a team. I became the executive director of Youth Against Racism in Europe, an international non-profit in my early twenties, and have held leadership positions throughout my career. I have considerable experience working with people from different backgrounds and with vastly different ideas. I understand how to negotiate so that outcomes are of the highest quality.
Additionally, I understand the need to have a vision with clear goals and achievable objectives. It’s critical to pay attention to details in bringing a vision to the world.
Question 2: If you're elected, what will be your first priority? Why? How will you address your priority?
Our streets, sidewalks, lighting, and transportation need to be addressed immediately. Our residents need to be able to walk, drive, bike, and roll safely all over Newton. I’d evaluate where we are on our comprehensive street plan and collaborate with other councilors on how we can achieve more and faster to make it easy for residents to find out when their streets or the roads they travel are scheduled to be updated.
Question 3: Please explain what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you. Why these are important to Newton?
Our community is more open and welcoming than when I was young. We still have a long way to go when it comes to issues of inclusion & economic diversity. Unfortunately, Newton has become less economically diverse. We cannot look to for-profit developers to solve our lack of affordable housing or solve our affordable housing shortage. We’ve tried this over the last 20 years and it isn’t working. We need to look to communities where successful housing trusts & public/private partnerships exist and make it easier for people of modest economic means to find housing here and have equal access to all of Newton’s opportunities & resources.