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Patricia M. Nolan

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Patricia M. Nolan will be serving her first term on City Council, after 14 years on the School Committee. Her priorities will be taking action on the climate crisis, fostering community throughout the city and good governance. Nolan moved to Cambridge from Stamford, Connecticut to attend college, the first in her family to attend Harvard College, where she majored in Government. After college, she did research in the field of American women’s history, and then moved to New York City, where she was a policy researcher on work and family issues and a speechwriter for Brooklyn District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman. She earned her Master's degree at Yale University's School of Management, where she founded a student newspaper. Ms. Nolan has broad experience in strategic planning and financial budgeting, serving in a range of positions since graduate school.

Her professional experience includes work with McKinsey, an international corporate consulting firm, with LISC (the nation's largest intermediary serving community development corporations), and with the ICA Group, (specializing in worker-owned and community-based enterprises). She served as CEO of an environmental company and a telecom sales and marketing company. Ms. Nolan has been a consultant to a range of mission-based organizations, including a legal staffing company, an environmental mutual fund, and a charter school founding group. Her City Council position will be her main job.

Her husband, David Rabkin, a non-profit executive and software engineer, and she have two children, who attended Cambridge Public Schools since Kindergarten. Their son graduated in 2014 and their daughter graduated in 2016. She is looking forward to working on the wide range of issues the City Council addresses. She hopes to use her energy and experience as a thoughtful leaders, manager, strategic thinker, and analytically driven problem solver to help make Cambridge fulfill its promise as an innovative city and hub of best practices.


Patricia M. Nolan
184 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-349-4280 (work)


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