PATRICIA M. NOLAN is serving her fifth term on the School Committee. Her work on School Committee is her main job.
Ms. Nolan moved to Cambridge from Stamford, Connecticut to attend
college, the first in her family to attend Harvard-Radcliffe, where she
majored in Government. After college, she spent several years doing
research in the field of American women’s history, and then moved to New
York City, where she was a policy researcher on work and family issues
and a speechwriter for Brooklyn District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman.
She earned her Master's degree at Yale University's School of
Management, where she founded a student newspaper. Ms. Nolan has broad
experience in strategic planning and financial budgeting, serving in a
range of positions since graduate school.
Her professional experience includes work with McKinsey, an
international corporate consulting firm, with LISC (the nation's largest
intermediary serving community development corporations), and with the
ICA Group, (specializing in worker-owned and community-based
enterprises). She served as CEO of an environmental company and a
telecom sales and marketing company. Ms. Nolan has been a consultant to a
range of mission-based organizations, including a legal staffing
company, an environmental mutual fund, and a charter school founding
group. Her husband, David Rabkin, a senior manager at the Museum of
Science, and she have two children, who attend CRLS and have been in
Cambridge Public Schools since Kindergarten. She is looking forward to
another term of using her energy and experience as a manager, strategic
thinker, and analytically driven problem solver to help make Cambridge
schools the best in the state.