Lisa Now

Lisa Gordon will be an independent voice for Ward 6, which includes parts of Newton Highlands and Newton Centre, and for all of Newton. Always open to hearing differing points of view, she seeks to understand what the community wants while always striving to do the right thing for everyone in Newton. She’s an advocate for appropriate development, affordable housing, and the environment.

Lisa GordonLisa has almost 30 years of not-for-profit and start-up experience. She has founded three small businesses and is currently the Executive Director of the Responsible Retailing Forum, a non-profit organization that engages public and private stakeholders to promote responsible retailing. This organization has recieved funding from the National Institutes of Health to develop sustainable responsible retailing systems for cities, states, and trade associations.

Lisa has frequently volunteered her time for community work. She co-founded the neighborhood group Friends of Newton Centre. She sat on the Newton Centre Task Force, served on a City committee to evaluate proposals for 1294 Centre Street (the former Newton Centre Branch Library), and has taken over the acquisition and care of the Artful Piano on the Newton Centre green.

A keen believer in public health, she was a founding member of Opt Out Newton, which started a community dialogue on public health and awareness around cannabis consumption, and currently is a board member of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance.

She has helped numerous residents navigate the often-confusing labyrinth of City Hall and has worked with the City to minimize traffic and parking issues in Newton Centre Village and Newton Highlands Village. Both villages have problems with traffic and parking in residential neighborhoods and Lisa has worked to mitigate negative impacts.

Lisa collaborated with the Department of Transportation to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Nahanton and Winchester Streets, leading up to Wells Avenue and the JCC.

Lisa and her husband, Ken, have two Newton  kids of their own, Shoshi and Ari. She relishes the opportunity to serve them, and every last citizen of the City.

Lisa Then

Lisa & Raggedy AnnLisa Gordon was a Newton  kid. She attended Mason Rice, Brown Middle School, and Newton South. She spent many afternoons biking in Newton Highlands, and remains an advocate of walkable and bikeable Newton. After college, she moved to England, intending to live and work there for a year, and ended up staying for almost a decade. In London, she led an international youth organization and campaigned against racist violence while also working closely with the Bangladeshi community in East London. Upon returning from England, she enthusiastically relocated to Newton.

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