Meet the Newest At-Large Members of the Coalition's Steering Committee

Earlier this year, the Coalition began accepting applications for new at-large members on our Steering Committee. After an extensive search process carried out by the Coalition's Nominating Committee, we are pleased to introduce our two newest at-large members: Cheryl Gosman from Needham and Israel Rivera from Holyoke!

Cheryl Gosman from NeedhamCheryl Gosman is a former member of the Needham Community Preservation Committee, as well as a member of the original CPA study committee that recommended CPA for the town. A longtime affordable housing advocate, Cheryl is looking forward to working with the Coalition to educate communities on affordable housing efforts and ensure that they are receiving the full benefits of the Community Preservation Act.

Israel Rivera from HolyokeIsrael "Izzy" Rivera was just elected to the Holyoke City Council this last November, and has also served as a member of the Holyoke Community Preservation Committee. With an extensive background in grassroots campaigning, youth mentoring, and working within diverse communities, Izzy hopes to provide the Coalition with a different perspective and help guide the future of the CPA program.

The Community Preservation Coalition is looking forward to working with Cheryl and Israel, and we know the statewide CPA program will benefit from their expertise and experience.

The Coalition Steering Committee was formed over 20 years ago during the inception of the Community Preservation Act in order to bring together advocates and experts from all four areas of CPA - open space, outdoor recreation, affordable housing, and historic preservation. Membership on the Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from six nonprofit organziations, representatives from CPA communities in the Commonwealth, and at-large members. Learn more about our Steering Committee by clicking here.