School Committee Members
Bridget Ray-Canada was elected from Ward 1 in 2017. Bridget is engaged in the schools and the broader Boston community. She is active on the Newton North PTSO and participates in GBIO's criminal justice reform advocacy. She has over 20 years of professional experience in supply chain management, project management and engages in youth mentoring. Bridget is currently a Global Product Manager at Cabot Corporation. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Tech where she holds a dual degree in Industrial Engineering and Physics and a MBA from Georgia State University. Bridget and her husband (Boston native) moved to Newton four years ago and has two children, NNHS class of 2019 and an adult daughter.Ward 1
Bridget Ray-Canada152 Pearl St., #2Newton, MA 02458 617-564-1486
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Margaret Albright was elected from Ward 2 in 2013. She has more than 25 years of non-profit management experience including work for non-profits in education, healthcare, social services and the arts. She has worked in fund development for the Bay State Reading Institute, the Dorchester Family School Initiative, Codman Square Health Center and a host of other organizations. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and an MBA from Northeastern University. She has served on the school councils at Newton North, Horace Mann and Day Middle School. In 2010 she served as a member of the Full Day Kindergarten task force and the Day principal selection advisory committee. She also participated in the NPS Strategic Planning effort, and the Social Studies curriculum review committee. Margaret serves on the Education Committee of the Newton League of Women Voters and has been a member of the Board of Directors with the Newton Conservators, Newton’s land trust, for over a decade.Ward 2Margaret Albright166 Edinboro St.Newtonville, MA 02460
Anping Shen was elected from Ward 3 in 2017. Aping has been active in Newton community for 25 years, including many years on the Newton Chinese Language School as PTO Chair, principal and founding Board Chair. Anping served as School Council member for Lincoln-Eliot Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary (and its Co-Chair) and Newton North High School. He also served on the Newton superintendent search committee and strategic planning team, Newton Human Rights Commission and the board of the Newton Historical Society. Anping has been an educational specialist at the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for over 20 years and holds a BA from Suzhou University in China, and M.Ed and D.Ed from Boston University. Anping and his wife have been residing in Newton for 29 nine years and have two graduates from NNHS (2004 and 2017).
Ward 3Anping Shen35 Kensington St.Newtonville, MA 02460
Diana Fisher Gomberg has served as the Ward 4 member of the School Committee since November 2011. Prior to her election, Diana was actively involved in education through the Burr and F.A. Day PTOs and School Councils, as well as her efforts lobbying the state legislature for sufficient funding for public education across the commonwealth. Professionally she has worked in the fields of public health and environmental policy focusing on program planning, monitoring and evaluation. Diana earned a bachelors degree from Yale and a masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her family has lived in Newton since 1997. Diana's children attend Day Middle School and Newton North High School and her nephew attends Burr School.Ward 4Diana Fisher Gomberg290 Islington Rd.Auburndale, MA 02466617-243-9424
Steven Siegel was elected from Ward 5 in 2011. He and his wife Theresa have two daughters in the NPS who are expected to graduate from Newton South in 2014 and 2017. Steve has served on the Oak Hill School Council, is a volunteer elementary school math tutor, and has been active in the PTO. He has led a mayoral committee studying building maintenance practices, and served on search committees that found heads for three city departments. Steve was educated at the University of CT, and is owner and president of a structural design engineering firm he founded in 1994. His professional career relies upon rigorous problem solving, best practice development, and client relations.Ward 5Steven Siegel160 Allen Ave.Waban, MA 02468617-901-4959
Ruth Goldman (Chair) was elected from Ward 6 in 2013. Ruth was active on the Bowen PTO for seven years, including two years as PTO Co-Chair, Safe Routes to Schools Committee, PTO Council and liaison to the 2013 Override. She has 25 years of professional experience in environmental issues, youth development and experiential education, in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors. Ruth is currently Consulting Program Officer at the Merck Family Fund. She is a graduate of NSHS and holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. Ruth and her husband (also an NPS alumni) returned to Newton nine years ago and have two children, NSHS class of 2019 and 2022.Ward 6Ruth GoldmanChair117 Cypress St., #2Newton Centre, MA 02459
Kathy Shields was elected to the School Committee from Ward 7 in 2017. Kathy and her husband David have three daughters, two at Ward Elementary and another who will start there soon. Kathy has been involved in the Ward PTO for the last five years, and served on its School Council. Professionally, Kathy has been a lawyer for over 20 years, in both the public and private sectors. Her current practice focuses on investigating and prosecuting violations of the federal securities laws. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.Ward 7
Kathy Shields55 Hobart Rd.Newton Centre, MA 02459
Matthew Miller was elected to the School Committee from Ward 8 in 2017. Matthew and his husband live in Oak Hill Park with their three children. Matthew has served two schools as PTO president and launched Newton Destination Imagination, a global K-12 education program at 15 Newton schools. Matthew is currently serving as a Board member at Temple Beth Avodah and as President of the Oak Hill Park Association. Professionally, he is a business entrepreneur, currently running a successful biotech executive recruiting firm which he co-founded.
Ward 8Matthew Miller26 Shute PathNewton, MA 02459
Ruthanne Fuller was elected as Mayor of the City of Newton in November 2017. Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is the first woman to be elected Mayor of Newton. Before becoming mayor, she represented Ward 7 on the Board of Aldermen, and was an At-Large member of the City Council. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, Mayor Fuller has experience in the private, non-profit, and public sector. She worked as a management consultant for Temple, Barker and Sloane and then served as the first Strategic Planner for WGBH. Fuller is excited to bring her planning expertise into City Hall.Mayor
Ruthanne FullerNewton City Hall1000 Commonwealth Ave.Newton Centre, MA 02459617-796-1100