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About Robyn

Why I’m running

We are slowly and steadily emerging from a crushing pandemic, which has exacerbated long standing crises in our district in housing, in the childcare system, in the workforce, and in race and health inequities. We are seeing a rise in the care economy, from childcare to elder care, at the same time that women are leaving the workforce in droves.

Now, more than ever, we need elected officials who prioritize these issues, and can move the ball forward on solutions that work for all members of our communities. 

We need to guarantee access to quality, affordable early education and care, for every child in our community, to ensure every child has an opportunity, and no parent has to choose between work or care. This starts by beginning with an investment in our childcare workforce.

We must ensure access to affordable housing through both overdue production of new housing, while also addressing long standing policies at the local and state that have created barriers to accessing and sustaining housing.

And we need to lift our economy by providing businesses and entrepreneurs the tools necessary to emerge stronger out of the pandemic.

For all of these big and complex challenges, we must conceive and construct big and complex solutions.

This seat has long been held by someone who stood up for the underserved and the underheard – the communities, individuals, towns,  and populations that too often get ignored by those in elected office. 

It is my intention to continue that tradition, while looking to the future with fresh eyes, focused on the children, homeowners, and small business owners of Central Massachusetts. 

Biography

  • Lifelong Worcester resident, with many years of experience in developing and implementing statewide policy, as well as implementing and overseeing large scale programs on the local level.
  • Prior to joining the YWCA team as COO, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families in the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
  • Served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor for the former Lt. Governor, managing policy work on several Interagency Councils including the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness and the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. 
  • Former Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts State Senate.
  • Began career as the Children’s Advocate at the YWCA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter.
  • BA from Assumption College and a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University.
  • Long history at the state and local levels of building and fostering collaborations, centering racial and economic equity, and achieving results.
  • Facilitated a community collaboration that opened an emergency shelter for women to safely shelter in place at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Sat on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care and helped craft budget amendments that supported EEC.

Priorities

  • Childcare: Equitable economic development cannot happen unless we adequately invest in our early education and care system. The system is broken and undervalued. While deemed essential during the pandemic, that system is now exhausted and depleted. We need to invest in our childcare workforce, for the sake of parents and students alike. Education is the great equalizer, it is the silver bullet and quality education should begin at birth. We need to make sure that all children have access to quality education and care.
  • During the pandemic, I have heard from parents who have begged to let their children return from quarantine early because they were terrified that if they took one more sick day they would lose their job. No parent should ever have to choose between the wellbeing of their child and their income. We have to do better.
  • Invest in programs that seek to uplift and support marginalized and underserved communities.
  • Build safer communities by investing in common sense, equity driven strategies that seek to prevent crime from occurring.
  • Invest in our capacity to address poverty through strategies that prevent families and individuals from having to exhaust all their resources and assets to access support.
  • Ensure our communities are welcoming and affirming for all our residents, from those who have owned homes for generations in our neighborhoods, to the neighbors who have recently made Worcester home.
  • Use our legislative and budget tools to put an end to gender-based violence.