BostonTalks: Driving Change in Politics

THU, NOV 12, 2015 (48:59)

Hear from some of the fresh, new voices redefining politics as usual in Massachusetts. Candidate for Cambridge City Council, Mariko Davidson (@votemariko) shares what it’s like to be on the ballot, Assistant Attorney General and 2015 Campaign Manager of the Year Mike Firestone (@FirestoneMike) takes us behind the scenes of a winning campaign, No Boston Olympics Volunteer Co-Chair Kelley Gossett (@kelleygossett) tells us how her organization became a driving force in Boston politics, and Boston Herald reporter Lindsay Kalter (@lkalter) gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like to cover a campaign. Be part of the #BostonTalks happy hour by tweeting with us! (Photo: Bu Newsservice/Labeled for Reuse)

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Kelley Gossett was the Co-Chair of No Boston Olympics, an organization formed in 2013 that successfully opposed Boston 2024’s bid. Previously, Kelley was Director of Policy and Advocacy at One Family, Inc., steering a policy agenda on education, housing, and workforce development initiatives throughout the Commonwealth. Prior to joining One Family, Kelley was Director of Policy at Horizons for Homeless Children, where she advocated for increased resources and early education policy reform on behalf of homeless families. At Horizons, Kelley lobbied both the Massachusetts State House and the United States Congress. She has also worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as an Aide, Research Director and General Counsel. Kelley earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

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Lindsay Kalter joined the Boston Herald in 2014 and has covered campaign events from intimate house parties to massive rallies in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. She has gotten a first-hand look at one of the nation’s most unique and passionate voting bases and has seen the rapid evolution of support for presidential hopefuls like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. When Lindsay is not in New Hampshire, she writes about medical research and health care for the Herald.

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Mike Firestone is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. Mike previously served as Attorney General Maura Healey’s campaign manager, for which he was named 2015 Campaign Manager of the Year (Democratic) by the American Association of Political Consultants. He has also served as Field Director on Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign, as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and on the campaign staffs of Hillary Clinton and Deval Patrick. For over ten years, he has focused on developing grassroots campaigns that harness new technologies and social organizing tools to elect progressive women candidates. In his current role, Mike leads AGO initiatives on economic security, health care access, and student lending. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Mike lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Mariko Davidson is an urbanist and civic designer who creates policies and civic technology programs with cities to make our communities more livable and equitable. She has launched programs at the East-West Center, in Ahmedabad, India, and in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. She currently serves as an Innovation Fellow for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mariko holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT.

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