Kids’ Council (Coordinating Council for Children, Youth and Families)

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 18, 2014
October 16, 2014
November 20, 2014
January 15, 2015
March 19, 2015
April 16, 2015 (Main Library - 3rd floor)
May 21, 2015
June 18, 2015


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

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, 09-27-1210-18-12 

 01-20-1102-17-11, 03-24-11, 05-18-11, 09-15-11, 11-17-11

 03-25-1004-15-10,  05-20-1009-23-1011-18-10.

Kids’ Council Members:

Mayor David Maher, Chair of Kids' Council
Neal Michaels, State Agency Representative, Co-Chair of Kids' Council
Tina Alu, Associate Director of CEOC
Griffin Andres, Youth Representative
Charlotte Avant, Community-at-Large Representative
Betty Bardige, Cambridge Community Foundation
Sally Benbasset, Community-at-Large Representative
Andrea Collymore, Community-at-Large Representative
Jessica Daniels, Community-at-Large Representative
Louis DePasquale, Asst. City Manager for Fiscal Affairs, City of Cambridge (City Manager’s Designee)
Susan Flannery, Cambridge Public Library Director
Mary Gashaw, Youth Representative
Michelle Godfrey, Director of Center for Families
Robert C. Haas, Cambridge Police Commissioner
George Halfkenny, Community-at-Large Representative
Kathleen Kelly, School Committee Member, Mayor's Appointee
Barbara Kibler, Executive Director of Margaret Fuller House
Susan Lapierre, Senior VP of Community Relations for Cambridge Savings Bank
John Lindamood, Director of Resident Service, Cambridge Housing Authority
Alanna Mallon, Mayor’s Education Liaison, Mayor’s Appointee
Marc McGovern, City Councillor, Mayor’s Appointee
Linda Mindaye, Youth Representative
Richard Rossi, City Manager
Ellen Semonoff, Asst. City Manager for Human Services
Patrick Wardell,  CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance
Heather Wise, Director of Harvard Family Research Project
Jeffrey Young, Superintendent of the Cambridge Public Schools


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Hours of Service

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

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager