Minka vanBeuzekom's Biography
Minka was elected to serve as Cambridge City Councillor in 2012. For the past 3 decades she has lived, worked and volunteered in Cambridge. After attending Wellesley College and receiving her BA in Molecular Biology, Minka earned a Masters degree in Public Health, with a focus on Environmental Health, and Epidemiology from Boston University.
Minka has worked as a researcher for Harvard/McLean Hospital, and the MIT Cancer Center. She has also worked as an epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Minka gained management experience as a Managing Director and Vice President of a biotech start-up and a Medical Research nonprofit.
Minka supports creating an environment that is in better balance with the natural world by making significant, measurable improvements in the way the community uses resources. She serves on the non-profit boards of Green:Cambridge and the Mystic River Watershed Association. Her focus with each organization and board has been to help them grow in size, organize systems, and expand their impact.
Minka has also served on the Cambridge Democratic City Committee and as a Cambridge Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition Leader since 2007. In this role, she worked with her neighbors to help build a safer and more vibrant community by organizing frequent neighborhood get-togethers, clean-ups, safety meetings, and community gardens.
Currently, Councillor vanBeuzekom is the Chair of the city’s Environment and the Transportation, Traffic & Parking Committees. She is also a member of the Finance, Government Operations & Rules, University Relations, and Cable TV, Telecommunications & Public Utilities Committees.
Minka serves Cambridge interests by being a member of the Policy Committee on Municipal & Regional Administration for the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). She also volunteered for the Department of Transportation’s – Ethanol Advisory Group which was charged with investigating the social and environmental impacts of proposed ethanol transport through train routes that travel through the greater Boston area. Nationally, Minka works to develop effective transportation infrastructure solutions by serving on the National League of Cities’ – Transportation Infrastructure & Services Committee.
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