CREW Boston

Member Panel Spotlight: Getting Involved in Local Government

Boston, MA

Members Only

Being active in local government is a rewarding way to give back to your community.  The Public Strategies Committee will host a virtual panel discussion with CREW Boston members Liz Berthelette, Kathleen O’Donnell, and Susan Murphy. Our panel will be moderated by Jean Delios, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Reading and CREW Boston Member.  Please join us as these talented women share how they became involved in local government, what they have learned from the experience, and their advice for others thinking about getting more involved.

Meet the Panel:
Liz Berthelette, Research Director, Newmark 

Liz is a seasoned commercial real estate researcher and economist with 15 years of experience providing insights on the Greater Boston market and beyond.  In addition to producing reliable data and market analyses as Research Director for Newmark in Boston, Liz authors the firm’s quarterly market reports as well as white papers, blog posts and guest columns on relevant trends and happenings in the commercial real estate universe. She is an experienced presenter who is often quoted by local, regional and national publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Business Journal.  Liz is also a member of Bellingham Planning Board.

Kathleen O’Donnell, Esq. 
Kathleen is a real estate lawyer practicing in Milton. Among her clients are municipal affordable housing trusts. community preservation committees and redevelopment authorities. She is a Town Meeting member, has served on Board of Appeals and is currently a member of the Milton Planning Board.

Susan C. Murphy, Esq., Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Susan has over twenty years of experience in real estate development, leasing, land use, and real estate finance. Prior to joining Dain Torpy, Ms. Murphy practiced at the Boston offices of Nutter, McClennen & Fish and WilmerHale where she represented real estate clients both locally and nationally. In addition to her private real estate practice, she has over ten years experience at the municipal level serving on the Hingham Planning Board and various committees, as well as advising on land use and real estate matters. Susan’s broad private practice and municipal experience provide her with a rare 360° perspective when advising clients with their real estate transactions.

Moderator – Jean Delios, Assistant Town Manager, Reading
For nearly four decades Jean has been a visionary leader in government.  With a passion for City Planning, her work has focused on planning and community development.  In the past decade she has expanded her role and led a wide array of local government initiatives.

Originally hired by the Town of Reading as the Community Services Director/Town Planner Jean spearheaded revitalization of priority development areas including the downtown.  In her current role as the Assistant Town Manager she wears many hats and leads a department of 30 people who work in varied public services roles.  In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Jean’s work focused on public health and she was on the Incident Command team responsible for emergency management.  

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

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Confirmed Attending

  • Anna Beheshti
  • Elizabeth Berthelette
  • Sarah Broughel
  • Emily Currie
  • Mary Kate Daly
  • Jean Delios
  • Donna Denio
  • Rachael Diharce
  • Jennifer Fairfield
  • Julie Farrer
  • Ileen Gladstone
  • Heather Hohenthal
  • Brie Houghton
  • Virginia Keesler
  • Dasom Kim
  • Mary Knasas
  • Elizabeth Krol
  • Jo-Ann Marzullo
  • Nancy McCafferty
  • Angela Meehan
  • Nicole Mitsakis
  • Kaitlyn Mulcahy
  • Susan Murphy
  • Shahpar Negah
  • Kathleen O'Donnell
  • teresa patten
  • Michelle Paul
  • Michelle Paul
  • Elizabeth Pearcy
  • Tricia Pinto
  • Leslie Saul
  • Kim Vermeer
  • Kim Walters