headshot of Jan Devereux in city hall; cropped from city's council photo

Jan Devereux

Currently
City Councilor

More about Jan Devereux

Jan Devereux is currently serving her 1st term as a city councilor, and maintains an annotated summary of upcoming council meeting agendas on her website. She is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia.

She has lived in Cambridge since 1993, and co-founded the Fresh Pond Residents Alliance in 2014. She is also on the board of the Princeton Association of New England.

Previous to being elected to the council, she worked in communications and public relations, most recently at Community Charter School of Cambridge and Beaver Country Day School.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
BA from Princeton University; MBA from Columbia University
Age
60 years, 5 months
Born in 1959
Voter Registration
March 12, 1996

Where does Jan live?

Address
Owns at 255 Lakeview Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138
Valued at approx. $1,141,400
Last sold July 21, 1995 for $285,000
inflation adjusted approx. $461,268

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Green Cambridge

Sustainability and environmental health for all

Green Cambridge

Sustainability and environmental health for all

Mass Creative

Working with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive

Mass Creative

Working with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive

Harvard Square Neighborhood Association

Harvard Square and all things about it

Harvard Square Neighborhood Association

Harvard Square and all things about it

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

The Whistler

Introduction to the Candidates

Vision Zero Coalition

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

Vision Zero Coalition

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

Cambridge Bike Safety

Supports safe biking infrastructure for all ages and abilities. Asked Candidates for statement on CBS's platform.

Cambridge Bike Safety

Supports safe biking infrastructure for all ages and abilities. Asked Candidates for statement on CBS's platform.

ABC Candidate 2017 Survey

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

ABC Candidate 2017 Survey

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

CRA Candidate Questionnaire

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

CRA Candidate Questionnaire

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

Quotes

The crisis we face today is not merely a supply problem. Let’s eschew absolutist labels such as NIMBY and YIMBY that tend to drive us further apart.

Jan Devereux, Addressing affordable housing challenge, Cambridge is stronger working together

But for now it’s all ‘go, go, go’ and Cambridge is struggling to figure out what the community mitigation should be.

Jan Devereux, Harvard Crimson Profile

To have someone thank you for sending them an email to me is the highest compliment.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Jan Devereux (Profile)

But for now it’s all ‘go, go, go’ and Cambridge is struggling to figure out what the community mitigation should be.

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I think some people have decided that, since they feel relatively powerless under this federal administration, I think it’s good to focus on the local because at least they feel they can have an impact. I hope people are organizing a strong resistance to put forward candidates who can take back important offices in congress and the White House. If anyone has an interest in being involved in any way, there’s plenty of opportunity now. Hopefully after this campaign, people will shift their energy to the national level.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Nicholas Sundberg
The Harvard Crimson Jan Devereux (Profile)

But for now it’s all ‘go, go, go’ and Cambridge is struggling to figure out what the community mitigation should be.

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I think some people have decided that, since they feel relatively powerless under this federal administration, I think it’s good to focus on the local because at least they feel they can have an impact. I hope people are organizing a strong resistance to put forward candidates who can take back important offices in congress and the White House. If anyone has an interest in being involved in any way, there’s plenty of opportunity now. Hopefully after this campaign, people will shift their energy to the national level.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Nicholas Sundberg
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 2 of 5

What are three specific new programs or changes you would make if elected?

1) Create an Office of Housing Stability to work with tenants facing displacement and explore tax incentives for landlords who keep their rents below market

2) Install more public chargers for electric vehicles

3) Offer childcare, food, and translations services during City Council meetings

Oct. 5, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 2 of 5

What are three specific new programs or changes you would make if elected?

1) Create an Office of Housing Stability to work with tenants facing displacement and explore tax incentives for landlords who keep their rents below market

2) Install more public chargers for electric vehicles

3) Offer childcare, food, and translations services during City Council meetings

Oct. 5, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

“At a time when progressive values are threatened daily on the national stage, the responsibility falls to local government to protect Cambridge residents and to live up to our reputation of progressivism and diversity,” wrote Jan Devereux, who is seeking a second term on the council. “Cambridge cannot credibly do that while women are still under-represented on its own City Council as well as on most of our volunteer boards and commissions.”

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

“At a time when progressive values are threatened daily on the national stage, the responsibility falls to local government to protect Cambridge residents and to live up to our reputation of progressivism and diversity,” wrote Jan Devereux, who is seeking a second term on the council. “Cambridge cannot credibly do that while women are still under-represented on its own City Council as well as on most of our volunteer boards and commissions.”

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman
Cambridge Day Addressing affordable housing challenge, Cambridge is stronger working together

Let’s resist the temptation to blame each other for a problem that has no simple solution. The crisis we face today is not merely a supply problem. Let’s eschew absolutist labels such as NIMBY and YIMBY that tend to drive us further apart. We need to come together with cool heads to find creative ways to address a problem that bedevils urban policy makers everywhere. Rather than sparring on social media, let’s acknowledge the formidable challenge presented in creating more below-market housing in a market economy. The challenge is especially daunting in an older city such as ours where land is scarce and access to public transit is uneven, and in an era when federal and state housing subsidies have shrunk and income inequality is rising for a host of reasons.

Aug. 23, 2017 — Jan Devereux
Cambridge Day Addressing affordable housing challenge, Cambridge is stronger working together

Let’s resist the temptation to blame each other for a problem that has no simple solution. The crisis we face today is not merely a supply problem. Let’s eschew absolutist labels such as NIMBY and YIMBY that tend to drive us further apart. We need to come together with cool heads to find creative ways to address a problem that bedevils urban policy makers everywhere. Rather than sparring on social media, let’s acknowledge the formidable challenge presented in creating more below-market housing in a market economy. The challenge is especially daunting in an older city such as ours where land is scarce and access to public transit is uneven, and in an era when federal and state housing subsidies have shrunk and income inequality is rising for a host of reasons.

Aug. 23, 2017 — Jan Devereux
Cambridge Day Climate rally calls for all renewable energy, steps against ‘anti-science’ of White House

“We’re all appalled, dumbfounded, by the backward policies coming out of Washington,” Devereux said. “The anti-science, anti-reality policies are underscoring more than ever that individuals, cities and states are crucial to fighting on the front lines against climate change.”

April 25, 2017 — Marc Levy
Cambridge Day Climate rally calls for all renewable energy, steps against ‘anti-science’ of White House

“We’re all appalled, dumbfounded, by the backward policies coming out of Washington,” Devereux said. “The anti-science, anti-reality policies are underscoring more than ever that individuals, cities and states are crucial to fighting on the front lines against climate change.”

April 25, 2017 — Marc Levy
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Manager Unveils $600 Million Budget Proposal

Also discussed was a proposal allowing MIT researchers to install test sensors along Massachusetts Ave. for the purpose of “observing the behavior of pedestrians, cyclist, and drivers...reporting on parking occupancy/availability, and measuring air quality.”

Councillors were split over the decision to support the test. Councillors Nadeem A. Mazen and Jan Devereux spoke out in support of the sensors as a state of the art way to improve the city with the help of a local entity; McGovern and City Councillor Craig A. Kelley said that Councillors were not provided information on the sensors in a timely matter and that process needed to be established.

April 25, 2017 — Nicholas Sundberg
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge City Manager Unveils $600 Million Budget Proposal

Also discussed was a proposal allowing MIT researchers to install test sensors along Massachusetts Ave. for the purpose of “observing the behavior of pedestrians, cyclist, and drivers...reporting on parking occupancy/availability, and measuring air quality.”

Councillors were split over the decision to support the test. Councillors Nadeem A. Mazen and Jan Devereux spoke out in support of the sensors as a state of the art way to improve the city with the help of a local entity; McGovern and City Councillor Craig A. Kelley said that Councillors were not provided information on the sensors in a timely matter and that process needed to be established.

April 25, 2017 — Nicholas Sundberg
Wicked Local Cambridge ‘Safe Streets Now:’ Cambridge City Council endorses safety measures following fatal bike crash

“This is a much bigger community education project than just the city of Cambridge,” said Councilor David Maher, pointing out that efforts to educate drivers would have to extend to those in communities outside Cambridge who drive through the city each day.

“If we protect people, we don’t have to rely on education as much,” countered Devereux.

Oct. 9, 2016 — Joanna Duffy
Wicked Local Cambridge ‘Safe Streets Now:’ Cambridge City Council endorses safety measures following fatal bike crash

“This is a much bigger community education project than just the city of Cambridge,” said Councilor David Maher, pointing out that efforts to educate drivers would have to extend to those in communities outside Cambridge who drive through the city each day.

“If we protect people, we don’t have to rely on education as much,” countered Devereux.

Oct. 9, 2016 — Joanna Duffy
Wicked Local Cambridge How many marijuana dispensaries does Cambridge need?

According to Councilor Jan Devereux, neither proposal before the council is in the designated zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries. For both locations, the district would have to be amended, she said.

During the meeting, Devereux also noted a third business emailed council proposing another dispensary on Fawcett Street, which is inside the district.

“Now we’re talking about three potential dispensaries competing to be in the quad, which is the subject of a major planning focus. We need to figure out how to talk about this in a more holistic way,” she said.

Aug. 3, 2016 — Natalie Handy
Wicked Local Cambridge How many marijuana dispensaries does Cambridge need?

According to Councilor Jan Devereux, neither proposal before the council is in the designated zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries. For both locations, the district would have to be amended, she said.

During the meeting, Devereux also noted a third business emailed council proposing another dispensary on Fawcett Street, which is inside the district.

“Now we’re talking about three potential dispensaries competing to be in the quad, which is the subject of a major planning focus. We need to figure out how to talk about this in a more holistic way,” she said.

Aug. 3, 2016 — Natalie Handy
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge City Council names Denise Simmons mayor

At the ceremony, McGovern was chosen as vice mayor in an initial six-to-three vote.

Dennis Carlone, Mazen and Jan Devereux voted for Mazen as vice mayor at first, but changed their decision to McGovern before the vote was finalized. As stated before the vote was taken, councilors could change their vote before declared by the chair, but roll call could not be interrupted until all members had voted.

Jan. 6, 2016 — Natalie Handy
Wicked Local Cambridge Cambridge City Council names Denise Simmons mayor

At the ceremony, McGovern was chosen as vice mayor in an initial six-to-three vote.

Dennis Carlone, Mazen and Jan Devereux voted for Mazen as vice mayor at first, but changed their decision to McGovern before the vote was finalized. As stated before the vote was taken, councilors could change their vote before declared by the chair, but roll call could not be interrupted until all members had voted.

Jan. 6, 2016 — Natalie Handy

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$26,816.10
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
TBD
Raised in 2019
TBD
Spent in 2019