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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Framingham Mayor Releases Transition Team Report

Framingham, MA – On her second day in office, Mayor Yvonne Spicer is releasing her Transition Team’s Report. This document is comprised of recommendations made by the 12-person Transition Team appointed by the Mayor in early December to create a guide for operationalizing her Vison Plan. The diverse group of citizen volunteers worked tirelessly through the holidays to produce this report.

“I am so grateful to this talented Transition Team for the time and effort they invested in putting together this report which I feel is balanced, and offers insight and tangible suggestions on implementing my Vision Plan,” said Mayor Spicer. “There is a lot to be done as Framingham truly begins to function as a City, this report is a good first step in getting us there.”

The Transition Team focused on the areas identified by Mayor Spicer in her Vision Plan: 1. Smooth Transition to City Form of Government; 2. Excellence in Education and Schools; 3. Invigorating Our Economy: Planned Growth, Balanced Development; 4. Preservation of Assets, Resources and Quality of Life; and 5. Investing in Our People – to come up with a plan for executing her vision. Their suggestions include identifying key operational recommendations specified in the Framingham Charter, and those they feel should be implemented immediately for the Mayor to have the utmost success in her new role.

The Team states in their report, “These are our recommendations. It will be at the Mayor’s sole discretion to determine which ones to implement.” The Transition Team will not be making, or recommending, appointments for the Mayor’s administration as that is outside of the parameters of their role.

Transition Team:


Robert Berman, President, Boston Technology Advisors

Virginia Betelli, Educator

Adam Blumer, Former Charter Commissioner and School Committee Member

Jessica DaSilva, Behavioral Health Care Coordinator, Advocates

Isabel Martinez Famania, Senior Educational Specialist, Boston Scientific

Michael Gatlin, Chair, Economic Development Industrial Company (EDIC)

Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook, Senior Vice President and University Chief of Staff, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Kristina Johnson, Assistant Director, Planning and Community Development, Town of Hudson

Reverend J.A. Lloyd, Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church

Kenneth Miller, Assistant Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Susan Nicholl, Executive Director MetroWest Visitors Bureau

Reverend Dr. Sarai Rivera, Worcester City Councilor 


Mayor Spicer’s City-wide Proposed Conversations

12 – Month Calendar


January            Small Business and economic development

February           Community Communication

March               Health and Public Safety – opiod crisis, safety and walkability, etc.

April                 Affordability and taxes

May                  Preserving open spaces

June                 The way ahead: dealing with blighted plazas and code enforcement

July                  Traffic and transportation

August             Neighborhood Services

September       Innovation Taskforce

October            Partnerships with businesses and our educational institutions

November         Social Justice: what does it mean to proactively care for those less advantaged?

December         Greener Framingham


Note: Topics are tentative and subject to change

For a printable press release and a copy of the Transition Report, click on the link below....


Printable Press Release and Transition Report