Family Policy Council (Formerly Kids' Council)

Chapter 2.84 of the Cambridge Municipal Code, established on April 1, 1991.

Direct a comprehensive local response to the needs of children, their families and other caregivers, in accordance with the guiding principles set forth in the Children, Youth and Family Policy Plan.

Council members shall be comprised of the Mayor (who shall serve as Chair of the Kid's Council); a member of the City Council; a member of the School Committee; the City Manager or a designee of the City Manager; the Superintendent of Schools; the Assistant City Manager for Human Services; the Commissioner of Health and Hospitals; the Police Commissioner; and the Director of the Cambridge Public Library. In the absence of a permanent appointment for the previous five named positions, the City Manager shall shall appoint an interim, temporary designee in his or her place until the position is filled. Additional members shall include a member of the philanthropic community; a representative from a State agency serving children, youth and families; a representative from the corporate/business community a representative from the university community; a representative from the early childhood community; 5 members who are residents of the city shall represent the community-at-large and/or represent active parents’ groups or other groups involved with children and their families; 3 members to represent specific areas to be addressed by The Kids’ Council’s agenda or other identified interests relating to children; 3 youth members who are residents between the ages of 14-18.

Meeting Schedule:
Meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of the month ( 5:15-7:15 p.m.) at the Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room.

September 15, 2016
October 20, 2016
November 17, 2016
January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017
May 4, 2017


01-21-16, 02-25-16, 03-17-16, 05-19-16, 09-15-16, 10-20-16, 11-17-16

01-15-15, 04-16-15, 05-21-15, 09-17-15, 11-19-15

01-16-14, 02-27-14, 03-20-14, 05-15-14, 09-18-14, 10-16-14, 11-20-14

01-17-13, 02-28-13, 03-21-13, 05-16-13, 09-18-13, 10-17-13, 11-21-13

01-19-12, 04-26-12, 09-27-12, 10-18-12

01-20-11, 02-17-11, 03-24-11, 05-18-11, 09-15-11, 11-17-11

03-25-10, 04-15-10, 05-20-10, 09-23-10, 11-18-10.

Kids’ Council Members:

Mayor Denise Simmons, Chair of Family Policy Council
Neal Michaels, Community-at-Large Representative, Co-Chair of Family Policy Council
Rabeya Akther, CET Outreach Worker, Literacy Ambassador, Specific Area Representative
Tina Alu, Associate Director of CEOC
Ron Benham, Director of Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Department of Public Health, State Agency Representative
Manikka Bowman, School Committee Member, Mayor's Appointee
Christopher Burke, Cambridge Police Commissioner
Tony Clark, Mayor's Education Liaison, Mayor's Appointee
Louis DePasquale, City Manager
Jan Devereux, City Councillor, Mayor’s Appointee
Luba Falk Feigenberg, Community-at-Large Representative
Mari Gashaw, Youth Representative
Michelle Godfrey, Director of Center for Families, Early Childhood Representative
Liz Hill, Community-at-Large Representative
Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Health Alliance
Jack Kiryk, Youth Representative
John Lindamood, Director of Resident Service, Cambridge Housing Authority
Michelle Lower, Director of Development and Asset Services, Alexandria Real Estate, Business Representative
Alanna Mallon, Community-at-Large Representative
Maria McCauley, Cambridge Public Library Director
Rihana Oumer, Youth Representative
Geeta Pradhan, President, Cambridge Community Foundation, Philanthropy Representative
Bridget Rodriguez, Associate Director of Programs and Operations, Education Redesign Lab, Harvard University, University Representative
Kenneth Salim, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools
Ellen Semonoff, Asst. City Manager for Human Services

Visiting City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Louis DePasquale
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager