Brookline Select Board 2021 Candidate Profile: Zoe Lynn –


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BROOKLINE, MA— Zoe Lynn, 38, the former sustainability program administrator for the town is making a run for a seat on the Brookline Select Board in the May town election.

Lynn is facing off against Town Meeting Member Donelle O’Neal, Miriam Aschkenasy and two incumbents (Bernard Greene and Nancy Heller) for one of two seats on the Select Board.

Lynn was the sustainability program administrator from March 2019 to December 2019. Before that, she worked at Central Community College from 2012 through 2016, as sustainability coordinator and then director of environmental sustainability, according to the resume she provided patch.

She rents a home on Tappan Street. She said she is currently working as an assistant director of business strategy and operations at a biotech company.

Lynn said she has her masters from the University of Michigan with majors in environmental policy, planning, justice and the behavioral sciences and community engagement.

Patch reached out to all the candidates with the same list of questions for each, here’s what she responded:

Why are you seeking elective office?

I’m running for Select Board because the challenges we face demand strategic, skilled and innovative leadership, with new energy and vision.

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Our 5+ challenges: In the midst of a global health crisis and unprecedented hardship, we face growing demands on Town finances and staff resources; we’re not meeting our affordable housing needs; we have a climate crisis which demands urgent action; and we are confronting painful and historic issues around racism — we can do so much more to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and study, for all people in Brookline.

The scope and scale of these challenges require effective executive leadership that works within our Town Meeting form of government.

The Select Board, as Brookline’s executive branch, has the responsibility to facilitate and set policy and priorities — critical leadership actions to get us on a path to tackling these challenges. Too often this unique responsibility gets lost in the details — details that lack strategic direction.

If I am elected to the Select Board, I will apply my expertise leading stakeholders to address complex challenges, together.

With my expertise in collaborative leadership we can begin to tackling these 5+ very important (and pressing!) challenges, take strategic actions, and align our limited resources to our community vision, our values, and our own goals.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

If elected, I bring expertise to the Select Board in inclusive policy development, complex-issue leadership and climate mitigation in the public sector. Additionally, my skills in collaborative and strategic leadership are critical right now, as this form of leadership works well on especially challenging issues, when there is diversity of stakeholders, and is effective within our Town Meeting form of government.

The candidate left the following questions blank, and did not respond to request for clarification:

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)

How do you think local officials performed in responding to the coronavirus? What if anything would you have done differently?

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

The best advice ever shared with me was:

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

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Brookline’s Zoe Lynn To Run For Select Board

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