Our fifth meeting of the Economy Club of Cambridge is scheduled for March 5, 2012 at the Gran Gusto restaurant in Cambridge. Our featured speaker will be Patty Nolan of the Cambridge School Committee. Her topic will be " Promise and Perils of Public Education in Cambridge."
Patty Nolan has been a consistent force for positive change during her tenure on the Cambridge School Committee. Additionally, her management background, strategic thinking and analytical approach to solving problems have been incredibly useful to the Committee as a whole. She is known for her integrity, analytical skills and courage and has been the most effective School Committee member pushing for excellence and better use of Cambridge's $25,000 per student spending.
She has a solid record of accomplishments and has been working collaboratively on such key priority issues as:
- raising the academic bar;
- reallocating funds based on results;
- providing challenge for all students - those who are struggling and those who are advanced;
- ensuring input into policy decisions (for example: controlled choice, Intensive Studies Program (ISP) admittance, discipline);
- strengthening strategic plans in special education and technology; and
- ensuring education includes the arts, critical thinking and global learning.
Patty was not lucky enough to be born in Cambridge; rather she chose it as her home. After attending Harvard she spent a couple years in New York City working for Brooklyn District Attorney Liz Holtzman, and then went to graduate school, at the Yale School of Management, where she received great training in business and strategic thinking. Then after several years in corporate consulting at McKinsey & Company she went into the non-profit and socially responsible business sector where she has run two small companies (an environmental firm and a telephone reseller).
Since moving back to Cambridge in 1991, Patty has been active in the community. Her educational involvement includes serving on the Board of Cambridge School Volunteers for 7 years, including 4 as Treasurer. She was President and Treasurer of Children's Village, a childcare center in Cambridge and she also served as Director of Cambridge United for Education, an independent citywide organization dedicated to promoting excellence in CPS. Once her children entered school she has been involved in her children's schools, first the Peabody and now Amigos. She has also been involved and sought to ensure community and parent input into district wide decisions.
Our meetings take place at the Gran Gusto restaurant at 90 Sherman St. Cambridge and start with a cocktail hour from 6:00 - 7:00 PM with wine available at $8.00 or $9.00 per glass, soda at $3.00 or beer at $5.00.
Dinner is typically served at 7:00 PM and then our featured speaker takes over for 30-40 minutes and is followed by a Q&A session..
There are two choices for dinner: A three course Italian dinner at $36.00 or a pizza and salad dinner at $20.00.
If you plan on attending please email me your dinner selection at [masked] before Friday March 2 as we have to notify Gran Gusto in advance.