Suzanne Preston Blier, President
Derek Kopon, Treasurer
Gilberte Houbart, Secretary
Nicola Williams, Vice President
Babette is a Porter Square resident and has recently retired from an Executive Search Firm that focused on Non-Profits. Before that she had worked at WGBH and other local media doing outreach and fund-raising. She moved to Cambridge after graduate school having been drawn here by the diversity of people and neighborhoods. A history buff, she is interested in what Harvard Square must have been like for residents in the 1700s.
A Harvard Square resident, and long-time Cambridge renter, is President of Ownership Associates, Inc. of 17 Story Street and special advisor for American Working Capital, LLC. He lectures internationally and is also adjunct lecturer at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
Derek is an astrophysicist and engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and interested in mitigating global warming through zero-emission energy technologies, such as solar power and other renewables.
Elena, a Mid-Cambridge resident, is president of Elena Saporta Landscape Architecture, based in this city. She sits on the board of Green Cambridge, on the board of overseers for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Gilberte is a French native with family roots in Colombia who lives in the Huron Village area. She is Director of Product Design at Salsify, a Boston based tech startup where her team designs tools empowering brands to create their "digital shelf". Gilberte has lived in Cambridge for 20+ years and came here originally for a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
Gladys “Pebble” Gifford
An attorney and realtor, lives on Hilliard Place. She has long been active in Harvard Square preservation projects in part through her leadership role on the Harvard Square Defense Fund. She also serves on the Harvard Square Advisory Committee.
John has lived in Cambridge all his life and is a resident of West Cambridge. He is a retired Securities Litigation attorney at DLA Piper and has been active in historic preservation efforts and led the effort to create a conservation district in his neighborhood. He writes: “My two passions are gardening and history, including historic preservation.
Marilee Boyd Meyer
Is an Independent scholar, author, art historian, appraiser, and guest curator, Marilee grew up in Wellesley and lives in Mid-Cambridge. An art and architectural historian, she founded the Arts and Crafts Department at Skinner Auction Gallery. An activist and preservationist, she is a frequent presence at Cambridge Historical Commission meetings bringing insights on architectural history.
A Harvard Square resident, founded The Williams Agency, a marketing and business strategy firm. She helped to launch the Boston Local Food Festival (Boston’s premier food event) and In 2015 was recognized as a Cambridge Food Hero. She also helped to build Cambridge Carnival International into one of the city’s largest festivals.
Norma grew up with roots in Harvard Square and holds a degree in Film Studies, Fine Arts, and Performance and Communication Arts. She has been involved in a variety of arenas in theatre, hospitality, higher education, and publishing and most recently has worked at Harvard’s Innovation Labs and at the Harvard Business School.
Peter, a Huron area resident, is an investor and serial entrepreneur focused on contract research organizations (CROs), clinical diagnostics, and other products and services to improve human health and speed therapeutic development with specialties. In Corporate strategy, finance, marketing and sales. A graduate MIT’s Sloan School of Management, from 2010-2017 he was Executive Director of Dynex Technologies.
Priscilla lives in Harvard Square and is an Independent Historian and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and European Studies at Harvard. A former member of the Harvard Square Defense Fund, she has had a long legacy of activism in and around Harvard Square.
Suzanne Preston Blier
A Fuller Place resident, teaches art and architectural history at Harvard and currently serves as President of the College Art Association. She helped found the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association and also was actively involved in Our Harvard Square.
Theodora is Executive Director of Cambridge Local First, which fosters locally-owned independent businesses in Cambridge. She lives in Harvard Square and is an associate and data scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she has worked on issues of business strategy and innovation, cyber security, and counter-terrorism for the U.S. government.
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