headshot of candidate

Patricia "Patty" Nolan

She/Her

Currently
City Councillor
Also
School Committee Member
Election history
1st term in (council) office

More about Patricia "Patty" Nolan

Patty Nolan grew up in Chicago and Connecticut. She first moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard, graduating in 1980. She then lived and worked in New York City, and attended Yale for business school. She has worked both in corporate consulting and the non-profit sector.

Patty returned to Cambridge in 1991, and has been actively involved in local politics since then, for instance serving on the Board of Cambridge School Volunteers. She was first elected to the school committee in 2005. In 2017, she was re-elected to the school committee in the first round of voting.

She is a landlord; she rents out the second unit in her two-family home.

Incumbent
Yes
Age
64 years, 3 months
Born in 1957
Voter Registration
Oct. 5, 1992

Where does Patty live?

Address
Owns at 184 Huron Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138
Valued at approx. $1,800,000
Last sold April 17, 1996 for $383,000
inflation adjusted approx. $680,000

What are their housing positions?

I want the city council to set the tone, and consciously and collectively stop ever vilifying those who hold opposing views. Stop with the YIMBY, stop with the NIMBY, stop with saying people are in the pocket of developers. Stop dismissing those of us with questions on developments like 2072 as not supportive of affordable housing. That doesn't help us. We need to set a tone of respect.

Patricia "Patty" Nolan
Proposal Supported?
2072 Mass Ave
AHO #2
AHO #1

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

ABC Candidate 2021 Survey

Housing policy questions

ABC Candidate 2021 Survey

Housing policy questions

Cambridge Citizen's Coalition Survey

Questions about recent zoning petitions, city manager contract, and "housing challenges"

Cambridge Citizen's Coalition Survey

Questions about recent zoning petitions, city manager contract, and "housing challenges"

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2021

They asked candidates to sign a pledge, which starts: "I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes..."

Cambridge Bike Safety Pledge 2021

They asked candidates to sign a pledge, which starts: "I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes..."

Vision Zero Coalition 2021

Reduction in traffic injuries and deaths

Vision Zero Coalition 2021

Reduction in traffic injuries and deaths

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition 2021

Distribution of funds, non-profits and their position in Cambridge

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition 2021

Distribution of funds, non-profits and their position in Cambridge

Quotes

[To] characterize any slate as anti-housing is unethical and wrong. I am in a stable housing situation. I am lucky. The increase in [housing] value has nothing to do with zoning policies.

Patricia "Patty" Nolan, Twitter

(Do you believe we have a climate obligation to pursue greater density and allow more people to live here?)

Generally Not. As with so much that requires critical thinking - the answer is: not necessarily.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Running on 'Good Governance,' Patty Nolan Seeks Reelection to City Council

"I got elected, I had big plans," Nolan said. "Covid completely threw this out the window. We were all Covid, all the time."

Nolan described the city’s Covid-19 response as "incredible in so many ways," though she acknowledged she was once critical of the city’s outdoor mask mandate in the early stages of the pandemic.

Oct. 28, 2021 — Katherine M. Burstein, Kaleigh M. Kuddar
The Harvard Crimson Running on 'Good Governance,' Patty Nolan Seeks Reelection to City Council

"I got elected, I had big plans," Nolan said. "Covid completely threw this out the window. We were all Covid, all the time."

Nolan described the city’s Covid-19 response as "incredible in so many ways," though she acknowledged she was once critical of the city’s outdoor mask mandate in the early stages of the pandemic.

Oct. 28, 2021 — Katherine M. Burstein, Kaleigh M. Kuddar
The Harvard Crimson Incumbent City Council Candidates Focus on Housing Crisis, Voter Engagement in Reelection Campaigns

"The reason we have an affordable housing crisis — and it sounds kind of simplistic but people, I don’t think, talk about this as much — is that we have an income crisis," she said. "If you could afford houses in Cambridge, the affordable housing crisis wouldn’t be here."

Oct. 21, 2021 — Sarah Girma, Jennifer L. Powley
The Harvard Crimson Incumbent City Council Candidates Focus on Housing Crisis, Voter Engagement in Reelection Campaigns

"The reason we have an affordable housing crisis — and it sounds kind of simplistic but people, I don’t think, talk about this as much — is that we have an income crisis," she said. "If you could afford houses in Cambridge, the affordable housing crisis wouldn’t be here."

Oct. 21, 2021 — Sarah Girma, Jennifer L. Powley
Wicked Local Cambridge ELECTION 2021: Cambridge City Council candidate statements

My background in the private sector, nonprofit and public service have served me - and you - well. I bring passion for and insistence on accountability, data and solid research. I worry more about being effective than taking credit and govern by solid persistent work, not inflammatory Tweets.

Oct. 21, 2021 — Community Content
Wicked Local Cambridge ELECTION 2021: Cambridge City Council candidate statements

My background in the private sector, nonprofit and public service have served me - and you - well. I bring passion for and insistence on accountability, data and solid research. I worry more about being effective than taking credit and govern by solid persistent work, not inflammatory Tweets.

Oct. 21, 2021 — Community Content
The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Lay Out Plans to Support Arts and Culture at Virtual Forum

Other candidates such as Councilor Patricia M. Nolan ’80 also called for funding from local universities like Harvard — of which the endowment recently hit $53.2 billion — to support the arts and culture sector in Cambridge.

Oct. 20, 2021 — Sarah Girma and Jennifer L. Powley
The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Lay Out Plans to Support Arts and Culture at Virtual Forum

Other candidates such as Councilor Patricia M. Nolan ’80 also called for funding from local universities like Harvard — of which the endowment recently hit $53.2 billion — to support the arts and culture sector in Cambridge.

Oct. 20, 2021 — Sarah Girma and Jennifer L. Powley
The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Propose Strategies for Supporting Low-Income Residents at Virtual Forum

Patricia M. “Patty” Nolan ’80 said the council should pressure businesses to provide employment opportunities for city residents, as opposed to outsourcing talent from other towns.

Oct. 10, 2021 — Isabella B. Cho
The Harvard Crimson City Council Candidates Propose Strategies for Supporting Low-Income Residents at Virtual Forum

Patricia M. “Patty” Nolan ’80 said the council should pressure businesses to provide employment opportunities for city residents, as opposed to outsourcing talent from other towns.

Oct. 10, 2021 — Isabella B. Cho
Wicked Local Cambridge Affordable Housing Overlay proposal not ready for prime time in Cambridge

I’m not a housing expert but can think of several promising options....

And please, let’s all model respectful behavior. Don’t denigrate anyone on any side of this debate.... Yes, in many places zoning was put in place to exclude and is racist and elitist. That does not mean all zoning regulations and limits are racist and elitist.

Aug. 6, 2019 — Patty Nolan
Wicked Local Cambridge Affordable Housing Overlay proposal not ready for prime time in Cambridge

I’m not a housing expert but can think of several promising options....

And please, let’s all model respectful behavior. Don’t denigrate anyone on any side of this debate.... Yes, in many places zoning was put in place to exclude and is racist and elitist. That does not mean all zoning regulations and limits are racist and elitist.

Aug. 6, 2019 — Patty Nolan

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$28,314
Current balance
$7,355
Balance at the start of 2021
$25,147
Raised in 2021
$4,188
Spent in 2021