Joseph Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA, has implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that have earned the city many distinctions by regional and national organizations, including â€œthe best-run city in Massachusettsâ€ (The Boston Globe),Â one of the â€œ100 Best Communities for Youthâ€ in the nation (Americaâ€™s Promise Alliance), three â€œAll-America City Awardsâ€ (the National Civic League), and the designation as one of the 15 most influential cities in the U.S (Boston University study). Curtatone earned his bachelorâ€™s from Boston College, a J.D. from New England School of Law, and a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Currently serving a record 8thÂ term, Curtatone is the longest-serving Mayor in the Cityâ€™s history. Prior to his election to the office, he served as one of Somervilleâ€™s four Councilors at Large.
After inheriting a government in fiscal crisis, Mayor Curtatone stabilized city finances while expanding services and earning the City its highest bond ratings ever. Under his leadership, the Somerville Public Schools have seen extraordinary growth in test scores, the transformational and Smart Growth development of the Assembly Square neighborhood has become one of the most exciting mixed-use projects on the east coast, and forward-looking investments in the cityâ€™s pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure has earned the City status as one of the most walkable and bikeable cities in the nation.
His key early initiatives included comprehensive reform of the Somerville Police and a citywide commitment to data-driven performance management. In 2006, Somerville also became the first city in America toÂ offer both a 311 constituent service center and Connect CTY mass notification technology. His administration has earned national recognition for its â€œShape Up Somervilleâ€ healthy living and child obesity prevention program, which inspired the national â€œLetâ€™s Move!â€ campaign, and the Cityâ€™s â€œHappiness Survey,â€ is the first municipal wellbeing survey in the nation.
A vocal advocate for sustainable transportation, Mayor Curtatone brokered the construction of the first new MBTA Â subway stop in a quarter century and also worked with MassDOT and the MBTA to save the Green Line Extension project, which will bring 7 more new T stops. Recent initiatives include an aggressive and multi-pronged plan to increase housing affordability, regional leadership on Climate Change and the Somerville Climate Forward Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and numerous supports and unwavering advocacy for immigrant residents. Mayor Curtatone is the Chairperson of the Metropolitan Mayors Association and past president of the Massachusetts Mayorsâ€™ Association.