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The City Manager Finalists Forum


Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Fitzgerald Theater 459 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138

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The City of Cambridge is inviting the public to a Meet the Finalists forum on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. in the Fitzgerald Theater located in the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. This forum is an opportunity for the public to meet the four finalists vying to succeed outgoing City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. The meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 99, and can be streamed on the web via Zoom.

During this forum, each finalist will present their vision for the City, answer questions, and meet members of the public. This is a great opportunity for the public to hear directly from the finalists selected by the Initial Screening Committee.

The four finalists are:

Iram Farooq - Ms. Farooq is currently the Assistant City Manager for the Community Development Department (CDD) in the City of Cambridge since 2015. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Policy & Planning in CDD and as a Senior Project Manager for Land Use & Zoning   starting in 1999. Ms. Farooq has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture with special emphasis on Land Planning from Harvard University.

Cheryl Fisher -Ms. Fisher is currently the City Solicitor for the City of Chelsea, MA since 2003, and is a partner in the Cambridge based law firm Galluccio & Watson, LLP. She served as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Cambridge from 1999-2003. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Regional Counsel II for the Department of Social Services for the Commonwealth of MA and a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Boston. Ms. Fisher has her Juris Doctor (Law degree) from Boston College.

Yi-An Huang - Mr. Huang is currently the Executive Director of Boston Medical Center (BMC) Hospital Clinical Operations since 2021. Between 2018 and 2021 he served as Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Director - Population Health Analytics for the BMC Health Plan. From 2013 to 2018 he served as Senior Director of Clinical Operation, Director of Strategy and Senior Project Manager for the BMC Hospital. Mr. Huang has a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Norman Khumalo - Mr. Khumalo is currently the Town Manager of Hopkinton, MA since 2009. He served as Assistant Town Manager of Westford, MA from 2002-2009, and served for 6 months as Interim Town Manager. Prior to that he served as a Town Planner, Planner and Transportation Project Manager in Massachusetts. He also served from 1993 to 1997 with Oxfam America in the Boston office, and served in the Planning Field in Zimbabwe. Mr. Khumalo has a Master’s in Public Administration from Carleton University, Canada and a Master’s in Regional & Urban Planning from the University of Zimbabwe.

To read more about the finalists, you can access their resumes and their answers to the candidate questionnaires here.

An Initial Screening Committee, composed of 19 community members reflecting citywide constituencies and four City Council members, interviewed the most qualified applicants and recommended four finalists to the City Council.

The public can submit suggested candidate questions to Randi Frank, LLC, the Executive Search Firm assisting the City Council with this hiring process, until noon on Thursday, May 26th. Based on the submissions received, Randi Frank, LLC, will generate questions based on the themes submitted by the public. Suggested questions can be emailed to Randi@RandiFrank.com.

For additional information or questions about the Meet the Finalists forum, please contact Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon at amallon@cambridgema.gov. For information on the City Manager Search Process, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/citymanagersearch


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