About the Economic Development Division

Mission Statement

The Economic Development Division is responsible for a wide range of activities designed to meet the City's need for a diversified and thriving economic base. The goals of the Division include:

  • Promoting thriving commercial districts;
  • Cultivating a supportive environment for small, women and minority-owned businesses;
  • Promoting a real estate market that offers a diverse array of options for the development and leasing of business properties of different sizes use categories.;
  • Supporting efforts to sustain a diverse array of employment opportunities accessible to Cambridge workforce;
  • Marketing Cambridge as a location for business; and
  • Maintaining a supportive business climate.

Please review our Economic Development Policy (2004)

Economic Development Division Staff

Lisa Hemmerle, Economic Development Director
lhemmerle@cambridgema.gov
617/349-4616

Rona Abrahams, Administrative Assistant
rabrahams@cambridgema.gov
617/349-4637

Christina DiLisio, Associate Economic Development Specialist
cdilisio@cambridgema.gov 
617/349-4601

Pardis Saffari, Senior Economic Development Specialist
psaffari@cambridgema.gov
617/349-4654