Theodora (Theo) is a renter, environmentalist, organizer, and small business advocate. She has spent her lifetime advocating for worker empowerment, sustainable business practices, and more equitable access to opportunity for all members of our community, including BIPOC and immigrants, renters, LGBTQ+ members, and women.
As the daughter of small business owners, Theo understands the importance a strong local economy and civic community has in uplifting the community. Theo is running for Cambridge City Council to fight for housing justice, climate solutions, local businesses, and to hold the City accountable for the progressive leadership Cambridge deserves.
Theo currently serves as the Executive Director of Cambridge Local First, a non-profit that advocates for locally- and independently-owned businesses. She co-founded the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network, which brings together Black entrepreneurs and identifies programs to ensure these businesses survive the pandemic and thrive moving forward. And, as a board member to the American Independent Business Alliance, she works to amplify local economies nationally. She also serves as Board Chair to the Cambridge YWCA, which is the city’s largest residential housing provider for women, with 103 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single women at the Tanner Residence and a 10-bed shelter for homeless families. She was an early board member to the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association, and she serves as Vice Chair to the Ward 8 Dems.
Theodora believes in Cambridge and will work for the community by fighting for housing justice, climate solutions, equitable public education and small business owners.