Boston – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) recently announced six new appointments to the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee. The appointments represent a wide range of stakeholders in the Roxbury neighborhood.
Catherine Hardaway: chair, City of Boston Neighborhood Trust; former co-chair, Dudley Vision Committee.
Nefertiti Lawrence: mathematics teacher at the John D. O’ Bryant School for Mathematics and Science in Roxbury; education chair, Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association.
Marisa Luse: member, Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association; campus engagement and collaborations manager, Northeastern Crossing; former director, Discover Roxbury; Roxbury Family Network, Vital Village Network, Roxbury Historical Society, and Roxbury Unity Parade Planning Committee.
Kimberly Napoli: Roxbury business owner, The Hempest; Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board.
Lorraine Payne Wheeler: president, Roxbury Path Forward Neighborhood Association; chair, Business Connections Breakfast at the Yawkey Club of Roxbury and member of the Yawkey Club Advisory Board; chair, Committee for a Civil Rights Public Art Tribute, in Gertrude Howes Park; member, Abbotsford Committee, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Roxbury.
Steven Godfrey: president and CEO of Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation/New Vision CDC; board of director, Mass. Association Community Development Corporations; president, Four Corners Community Development Corporation; lifetime member of Boston NAACP.
The new RSMPOC members join existing members: Norman Stembridge, Sue Sullivan, Dorothea Jones, Fred Fairfield, Frank Williams, Valeda Britton, Tru-See Allah, Charlotte Nelson, and Jorge Martinez.
In addition, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representatives Liz Miranda and Chyna Tyler, and City Councilor Kim Janey serve as ex officio members. All RSMPOC meetings are open to the public, and Roxbury residents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend.