Joe and KyAnn first met in 2003, as concerned and vocal Somervillians representing their respective neighborhood’s interests in the planning phases of what is now known as the Maxwell’s Green Development. As mayoral-selected committee appointees, they helped craft the Community Principles Guidelines, providing a legal framework of protection for the residents and their neighborhoods against developer interests. It was obvious at that point, that the passion they both shared for their neighborhoods and the Somerville community was mutual. KyAnn joined Joe as co-host of Greater Somerville in 2010, and they’ve been sarcastically bantering ever since.
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Joe’s passion for politics and all things Somerville stems from his family. Over the last 150 years, many of his relatives have served the city of Somerville as elected officials, union representatives, civic group members, and as employees. Civic life and politics were served up at the dinner table at every family gathering. Continuing that service, Joe helped to found the Magoun Square Neighborhood Association in 2001 and Greater Somerville in 2008, to bring those discussions to residents and their families. His weekly Greater Somerville sign off, “stay safe and stay informed”, speaks loudly to why he does what he does.
A vocal community activist since arriving in Somerville in 2003, KyAnn firmly believes in the power of community and staying informed. Whether providing over a decade of combined service to the the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School and the SCATV boards, her pro bono design work for the City and other local non-profits, participation in the inaugural TEDx Somerville event, or informing local residents on Greater Somerville (a weekly SCATV cable show she co-hosts & produces), her priority of giving back to strengthen the community around her is obvious. A licensed architect, KyAnn has a passion for quality design and smart growth development. A member of the Green Line Extension Project Public Involvement Team as well as a station designer, she is very familiar and optimistic about the changes that Somerville will face over the next decade. KyAnn’s intense curiosity and overriding mission to encourage transparency and learning through effective communication is what drives her.