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Gwen Volmar

She/Her

Currently
Assistant Director of Research and Fellowships

More about Gwen Volmar

Gwen Volmar moved to Cambridge 10 years ago while her husband was pursuing a PhD at Harvard, and has lived here since.

She is a first-time candidate. She was a delegate for her ward to last summer's Democratic convention.

She currently works as an assistant director in Harvard's Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. Previously, she taught 5th grade, and worked with Human Rights Watch and Teachers Without Borders.

Incumbent
No
Education
Bachelor's from UC Berkeley; Master of Psychology
Age
34 years, 8 months
Born in 1985
Voter Registration
March 19, 2008

Where does Gwen live?

Address
Rents at 13 Ware Street, Apt. 4 Cambridge, MA 02138

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

I’ve lost count of the number of friends who have had to leave Cambridge because it’s too expensive to live here.

Gwen Volmar, Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

I have never moved out of the 500 square-foot apartment I moved into when I was 22 because I can’t afford to.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Gwen Volmar (Profile)

In the more immediate term, there’s a program that I’m advocating for that is already in place in Dallas, where there’s a group that will rent directly from a landlord and sublet to a voucher holder. It assuages landlords’ concerns, and it gets a voucher holder into a property they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Patricia J. Liu
The Harvard Crimson Gwen Volmar (Profile)

In the more immediate term, there’s a program that I’m advocating for that is already in place in Dallas, where there’s a group that will rent directly from a landlord and sublet to a voucher holder. It assuages landlords’ concerns, and it gets a voucher holder into a property they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Patricia J. Liu
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 5 of 5

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

1) Create a direct leasing program which would empower the city to lease directly from landlords and re-lease to voucher holders. This serves to overcome traditional barriers to entry experienced by voucher holders and generates a more comprehensive database of landlords who are willing and able to rent to voucher-holding tenants.

Oct. 23, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 5 of 5

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

1) Create a direct leasing program which would empower the city to lease directly from landlords and re-lease to voucher holders. This serves to overcome traditional barriers to entry experienced by voucher holders and generates a more comprehensive database of landlords who are willing and able to rent to voucher-holding tenants.

Oct. 23, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Wicked Local Cambridge Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council

“I’ve lost count of the number of friends who have had to leave Cambridge because it’s too expensive to live here,” wrote Gwen Volmar. “Now, so much of our vibrant community is gone. ...So I decided to run for City Council to support the things that I love about Cambridge and that I’m afraid we’re losing.”

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

“I’ve lost count of the number of friends who have had to leave Cambridge because it’s too expensive to live here,” wrote Gwen Volmar. “Now, so much of our vibrant community is gone. ...So I decided to run for City Council to support the things that I love about Cambridge and that I’m afraid we’re losing.”

Oct. 3, 2017 — Amy Saltzman

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$564
Current balance
$599
Balance at the start of 2019
$0
Raised in 2019
$35
Spent in 2019