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Quinton Zondervan

Currently
Principal Software Architect at BigR.io

More about Quinton Zondervan

Quinton Zondervan immigrated to Florida from Suriname while in high school. He arrived in the Cambridge area to get a Master of Science at MIT. Quinton is also a graduate of Eckerd College, and is currently on their Board of Trustees.

Quinton Zondervan is president of two local sustainability non-profits: Green Cambridge and Climate Action Business Association. He is also involved with 350 Mass, MIT Alumni for Climate Action Leadership, and he has been a member of several Cambridge city advisory committees, notably the Climate Protection Action Committee and the Rodent Task Force.

Professionally, he is a software developer, currently at BigR.io, a data and analytics consultancy firm.

Incumbent
Yes
Education
MS in electrical engineering and computer science, MIT; BS in math, BS in computer science, Eckerd College
Age
49 years, 1 month
Born in Suriname in 1970
Voter Registration
June 4, 2004

Where does Quinton live?

Address
Owns at 235 Cardinal Madeiros Ave. Cambridge, MA 0214
Valued at approx. $830,000
Last sold April 8, 2008 for $100

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

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.

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition

Long form responses about equality and housing

Our Revolution 2019

Our revolution supports a new generation of progressive leaders across the US.

Our Revolution 2019

Our revolution supports a new generation of progressive leaders across the US.

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.

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.

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

Quotes

Cambridge is not a high-rise city, tall buildings should be discouraged. Reducing building heights preserves Cambridge’s character.

Quinton Zondervan, answer to ABC question

I have advocated for the city’s climate vulnerability study, the plastic bag ban, and very recently the goal of 100 percent renewable by 2035.

What I am most proud of, however, is the zoning petition I co-authored in 2013 with Mike Connolly, which resulted in the pioneering Net Zero Action Plan.

Quinton Zondervan, Scout Cambridge

The city’s affordable housing policy over the past 20 years has been disastrous.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Boston Globe Beyond bags: Cambridge eyes eliminating more single-use plastic products citywide

In a tweet this week following the hearing, City Councilor Quinton Zondervan, one of the policy order’s sponsors, said the vote of support from council members is the start of a larger conversation around banning plastics.

May 16, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Boston Globe Beyond bags: Cambridge eyes eliminating more single-use plastic products citywide

In a tweet this week following the hearing, City Councilor Quinton Zondervan, one of the policy order’s sponsors, said the vote of support from council members is the start of a larger conversation around banning plastics.

May 16, 2019 — Steve Annear
The Harvard Crimson Quinton Zondervan (Profile)

I bring a lot of experience working on policy initiatives and advocating for policies in the City of Cambridge. I also bring a lot of professional experience. I myself am an entrepreneur. I started my own biotech company in Cambridge.

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So some of the ideas that I’m proposing there are a vacancy tax, to tax vacant properties that are underutilized and a foreign buyer’s tax, so this would be applying to foreign investors buying property in Cambridge.

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QZ: I recently met with a local business owner who is a good friend of mine. He has a fish market. The shop is on the corner of a main street and a residential street, and all the parking on the side street is resident parking only. My suggestion to him was what if we took the first four or five parking spots on that residential street and made them metered parking during the day and resident-only overnight, and we already have some spaces like that in Cambridge near local businesses. So, I think we can be creative and we work together with all the stakeholders to make sure that we provide a complete solution.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Annie Doris
The Harvard Crimson Quinton Zondervan (Profile)

I bring a lot of experience working on policy initiatives and advocating for policies in the City of Cambridge. I also bring a lot of professional experience. I myself am an entrepreneur. I started my own biotech company in Cambridge.

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So some of the ideas that I’m proposing there are a vacancy tax, to tax vacant properties that are underutilized and a foreign buyer’s tax, so this would be applying to foreign investors buying property in Cambridge.

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QZ: I recently met with a local business owner who is a good friend of mine. He has a fish market. The shop is on the corner of a main street and a residential street, and all the parking on the side street is resident parking only. My suggestion to him was what if we took the first four or five parking spots on that residential street and made them metered parking during the day and resident-only overnight, and we already have some spaces like that in Cambridge near local businesses. So, I think we can be creative and we work together with all the stakeholders to make sure that we provide a complete solution.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Annie Doris
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 5 of 5

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

If elected, I would work to ensure smooth implementation of the city’s Net Zero Action Plan, which I advocated for and helped write. I would explore the feasibility of implementing a foreign buyer’s tax on real estate transactions to address the rampant speculation which is artificially inflating our city’s real estate market. Finally, I would call for swift implementation of the city’s Bike Plan, including a clear timeline so that nobody is surprised by the changes.

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?

If elected, I would work to ensure smooth implementation of the city’s Net Zero Action Plan, which I advocated for and helped write. I would explore the feasibility of implementing a foreign buyer’s tax on real estate transactions to address the rampant speculation which is artificially inflating our city’s real estate market. Finally, I would call for swift implementation of the city’s Bike Plan, including a clear timeline so that nobody is surprised by the changes.

Oct. 23, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Cambridge Day Affordable-housing policies in Cambridge are rapidly destroying city, candidate says

Here we see the total number of housing units in Cambridge from 1997 to last year compared with monthly rents and total subsidized affordable units (seen from 2000 to last year). Rents are from the latest housing profile, and are not adjusted for inflation; the housing units data are from Cambridge’s open data portal and the Community Development Department’s Demographics and Statistics FAQ).

Aug. 14, 2017 — Quinton Zondervan
Cambridge Day Affordable-housing policies in Cambridge are rapidly destroying city, candidate says

Here we see the total number of housing units in Cambridge from 1997 to last year compared with monthly rents and total subsidized affordable units (seen from 2000 to last year). Rents are from the latest housing profile, and are not adjusted for inflation; the housing units data are from Cambridge’s open data portal and the Community Development Department’s Demographics and Statistics FAQ).

Aug. 14, 2017 — Quinton Zondervan
Cambridge Day Climate rally calls for all renewable energy, steps against ‘anti-science’ of White House

“We absolutely can do this. We have the technology. We have the infrastructure. We just need to deploy it and we need to set the goal and get ourselves there,” said Quinton Zondervan, president of Green Cambridge and of the Climate Action Business Association and a candidate for council in the upcoming election.

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

“We absolutely can do this. We have the technology. We have the infrastructure. We just need to deploy it and we need to set the goal and get ourselves there,” said Quinton Zondervan, president of Green Cambridge and of the Climate Action Business Association and a candidate for council in the upcoming election.

April 25, 2017 — Marc Levy
The Boston Globe Firms, innovators poised for shift away from fossil fuels

IN RESPONSE to “Averting conflict in favor of the common good” (Opinion, Dec. 15): As a business observer to the climate negotiations in Paris last week, I’m glad to second Jeffrey D. Sachs’s sentiments regarding the agreement. For more than 25 years, my entire adult life, I’ve been working as a climate activist, and now, for the first time ever, we have a global mandate for climate action. This is enormously good news.

Dec. 16, 2015 — Quinton Zondervan
The Boston Globe Firms, innovators poised for shift away from fossil fuels

IN RESPONSE to “Averting conflict in favor of the common good” (Opinion, Dec. 15): As a business observer to the climate negotiations in Paris last week, I’m glad to second Jeffrey D. Sachs’s sentiments regarding the agreement. For more than 25 years, my entire adult life, I’ve been working as a climate activist, and now, for the first time ever, we have a global mandate for climate action. This is enormously good news.

Dec. 16, 2015 — Quinton Zondervan
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge Holds Climate Congress

“This Congress showed that it is possible to have this conversation with people from different backgrounds to find what we have in common and what we can agree on,” said Quinton Y. Zondervan, a member of the steering committee that organized the Congress and founder of a biotechnology company that advises the City Manager on climate issues.

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Comment by Quinton:
Since I was quoted in the article I would like to make a few corrections:

1. My biotechnology company does not advice the city manager on climate change policy. Rather, I'm the vice chair of the Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee which advises the Cambridge city manager on climate change policy, specifically on implementation of the 2002 Cambridge Climate Protection Plan.

2. My take away was that people prefer short-term goals for emissions reductions rather than long-term goals, because the long-term goals end up being ignored. With short-term goals it is easier to understand what actions will be required to meet the goal.

Dec. 14, 2009 — Xi Yu
The Harvard Crimson Cambridge Holds Climate Congress

“This Congress showed that it is possible to have this conversation with people from different backgrounds to find what we have in common and what we can agree on,” said Quinton Y. Zondervan, a member of the steering committee that organized the Congress and founder of a biotechnology company that advises the City Manager on climate issues.

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Comment by Quinton:
Since I was quoted in the article I would like to make a few corrections:

1. My biotechnology company does not advice the city manager on climate change policy. Rather, I'm the vice chair of the Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee which advises the Cambridge city manager on climate change policy, specifically on implementation of the 2002 Cambridge Climate Protection Plan.

2. My take away was that people prefer short-term goals for emissions reductions rather than long-term goals, because the long-term goals end up being ignored. With short-term goals it is easier to understand what actions will be required to meet the goal.

Dec. 14, 2009 — Xi Yu

Campaign finance

How much the candidate has raised and spent

$1,422.46
Current balance
$0
Balance at the start of 2019
TBD
Raised in 2019
TBD
Spent in 2019