Joseph Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone

Senior Practice Fellow
Joseph Curtatone

Joseph Curtatone completed his ninth term of Mayor of Somerville Massachusetts in December 2021 and joined the Ash Center as a Senior Practice Fellow. He is now the President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, leading a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. First inaugurated in 2004, he is the City’s longest-serving chief executive. Curtatone previously served for eight years as Alderman-at-Large. Prior to his election as Mayor, he served as an attorney in private practice and a volunteer assistant football coach at Somerville High School. As Mayor, he implemented a wide range of reforms and new programs that earned both him and the City widespread recognition, including being named “the best-run city in Massachusetts” by the Boston Globe, an “All-America City” by the National Civic League twice, and among the “100 Best Communities for Youth” by America’s Promise Alliance. During his time in office Somerville developed a comprehensive net zero climate action plan, experienced housing and job booms by redeveloping former industrial districts, spearheaded the first major expansion of Boston's core rail transit system in a generation and launched the national healthy cities initiative. Somerville consistently tops lists of the “Most Walkable” and “Most Bikeable” cities in the United States. Mayor Curtatone has become a national leader in the system of better management through measurement. Delegations from other Massachusetts communities – and from cities as far away as Ireland and Korea – regularly visited Somerville for briefings on the city’s SomerStat program, a data-driven performance management system modeled on Baltimore’s CitiSTAT initiative. A 1984 graduate of Somerville High School, he earned his B.A. from Boston College in 1990, a J.D. from New England School of Law in 1994, and a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011.

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