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Alanna Marie Mallon

She/Her

Currently
City Councillor
Also
Program Director at Food For Free
Election history
1st term in office

More about Alanna Marie Mallon

Alanna Mallon was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has lived in Cambridge since 2004.

She founded the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program, a service that sends food home with food insecure students, in 2013, and has been a program director at Food For Free since January 2016. She was also an Education Liaison for Cambridge's Office of the Mayor from 2014-2015.

Before working full time on activism and for nonprofits, she was a designer at companies such as FP Girl and TJX.

She and Sumbul Siddiqui have been producing a podcast together since January 2018.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
BASC, BS from Ohio State University
Age
49 years
Born in Brockton, MA in 1970
Voter Registration
Sept. 27, 2004

Where does Alanna live?

Address
Owns at 3 Maple Ave. #2 Cambridge, MA 02139
Valued at approx. $950,000
Last sold June 17, 2004 for $565,000
inflation adjusted approx. $765,000

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2019

A pledge to rapidly implement protected bicycle lanes

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2019

A pledge to rapidly implement protected bicycle lanes

Vision Zero Coalition 2019

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

Vision Zero Coalition 2019

Asking candidates about how to reduce Cambridge to zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

ABC Candidate 2019 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

ABC Candidate 2019 Survey

A Better Cambridge is a local housing/growth-and-development focused group. They used their questionnaire to determine their endorsements.

Quotes

Vancouver has an empty homes tax, which imposes a 1% tax of the property’s assessed value on housing that is empty or underused. Revenue from this tax will be reinvested to affordable housing. In Cambridge, this revenue could be put towards credit for a Somerville-like 100 Home program, or purchase of land for Community Land Trusts.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Boston Globe The naked truth about campaigning while female

Cambridge City Councilor Alanna Mallon tweeted about her own decision not to canvass after dark — after being lunged at by a “drunk and physically aggressive” voter — despite knowing it might put her at a disadvantage to competitors seeking face time with voters.

Aug. 23, 2019 — Stephanie Ebbert
The Boston Globe The naked truth about campaigning while female

Cambridge City Councilor Alanna Mallon tweeted about her own decision not to canvass after dark — after being lunged at by a “drunk and physically aggressive” voter — despite knowing it might put her at a disadvantage to competitors seeking face time with voters.

Aug. 23, 2019 — Stephanie Ebbert
Scout Cambridge City Councilors Bring Local Government to the Podcast World

I think that men enjoy campaigning more, sort of as a general statement. For me, I found it very emotionally draining, and I saw a lot of the men really be energized by being at a forum or being out in public or getting their picture taken, and [a] number of things, where for me it was all about doing all this hard work to actually get to do the job. And I just wanted to do the job.

July 11, 2018 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Councilors Bring Local Government to the Podcast World

I think that men enjoy campaigning more, sort of as a general statement. For me, I found it very emotionally draining, and I saw a lot of the men really be energized by being at a forum or being out in public or getting their picture taken, and [a] number of things, where for me it was all about doing all this hard work to actually get to do the job. And I just wanted to do the job.

July 11, 2018 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

“I grew up experiencing poverty and food insecurity, and only got to where I am today because my family had the help of comprehensive social safety nets,” said Alanna Mallon, who is also the founder of Cambridge’s Weekend Backpack Program. “I believe our city can not only do more to close gaps in social services, but should also be more intentional about how we plan for and deliver these services.”

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

“I grew up experiencing poverty and food insecurity, and only got to where I am today because my family had the help of comprehensive social safety nets,” said Alanna Mallon, who is also the founder of Cambridge’s Weekend Backpack Program. “I believe our city can not only do more to close gaps in social services, but should also be more intentional about how we plan for and deliver these services.”

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$17,353
Current balance
$3,587
Balance at the start of 2019
$36,072
Raised in 2019
$22,306
Spent in 2019