Meet Marc McGovern

Marc is a 4th generation Cantabrigian and father of four. He lives with his wife, Mary Anne, in the house his family has called home for nearly a century. Marc comes from a long line of community activists - from his grandmother who was one of the first members of the Riverside Neighborhood Association to his mother who helped form the Cambridge Women’s Commission and Cambridge Alternative Public School (now Graham and Parks), and to his father who was a teacher and City Council candidate. Marc grew up surrounded by people who taught him the importance of giving back to your community and striving to leave the world a better place.

Marc graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in 1987 and then went on to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After a few years off, he returned to school at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and graduated with a degree in sociology. Marc went on to work as a social worker with special needs children in foster care before returning to school and earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons College in 2001. For the past 20 years, Marc has worked with at-risk children and families, always advocating, problem solving and working to ensure that those facing challenges have an equal chance at success. These skills: the ability to resolve issues, to work with others, to listen and to understand the needs of families will be valuable assets on the City Council.

Marc served four terms on the Cambridge School Committee where he was a leader on such important issues as special education, early childhood education, budget transparency, and social justice, all which earned him many endorsements from progressive organizations over the years. During his time on the School Committee, Marc was twice elected Vice-Chair by his peers due to their faith in his ability to collaborate, problem solve,, and lead during challenging times.

During his first term on the City Council, Marc has earned a reputation as a rational, common sense leader who is able to collaborate with all members of the Council. Marc has been a leading voice on such important issues as creating more affordable housing, tackling issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, bringing universal pre-K to Cambridge, protecting worker’s rights, environmental issues, and smart development. Marc’s experience as a social worker and problem solver has made him a valuable member of the Council who often brings opposing viewpoints together to move our city forward in a constructive and progressive direction.

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