Just the Facts
- City Councillor, 1996 to 2009
- 2010-2011 Vice Mayor
- Chair, Environment Committee
- Chair, Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee
- Past Chair, Traffic and Transportation Committee and Public Safety Committee
- Co-Chair, Healthy Children Task Force 1990-present
- Immediate Past Chair , National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee
- Board Member, US Chapter of Local Governments for Sustainability
- Cambridge School Committee 1988-1995
- Administrator, Agassiz Preschool 1985-1994
- Freelance journalist, Time, Life, Money and NPR 1975-1985
- Social worker and community planner, 1967-1974
- Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Master of Public Administration 1997
- Harvard Law School Intensive Negotiation Program January 1995
- Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College, Master of Social Planning 1972
- University of Rochester, B.A. English Literature 1967
What I've Done
- Promoted local food and gardening, adding new community garden plots, an annual agricultural fair in Harvard Square, and a city Food Policy Committee.
- Initiated the first Silver Ribbon Commission on Aging in Cambridge, a group that will recommend a plan for future housing choices for older residents.
- Increased bike routes and pedestrian safety features throughout the city.
- Led the city to adopt the stretch energy code and to be one of the state's first "Green Communities", receiving $250k in funding from the state.
- Supported zoning that looks to the future, advocated for neighborhood preservation without sacrificing the economic vitality of the city.
- Championed construction of six new green buildings: the newly renovated Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the public library, the City Hall Annex, the police station, the War Memorial Recreation Center, and the West Cambridge Community Center.
- As Co-Chair of the Healthy Children Task Force, led Cambridge to become a national model for healthy eating and physical activity for kids.
- Collaborated in producing a healthy playground report, to guide the city in building new parks.
My Goals Next Term
- Continue to provide leadership for Cambridge as a state and national environmental model.
- Develop resources for Cambridge residents who are aging in the community.
- Secure commitments to develop a variety of new housing options for older Cambridge residents.
- Work towards increasing sidewalk safety as well as planting more trees.
- Develop a plan to use all available city-owned rooftops (45 plus) for photovoltaic or thermal solar energy.
- Expand support services for children and families, especially to promote success in school.
- Promote zoning and planning to create and protect robust retail areas throughout the city.
Henrietta Davis is serving her eighth term on the Cambridge City Council and is currently the City’s Vice Mayor. She is the Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee. Ms. Davis is the immediate past Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Committee. She also serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environmental Policy Committee.
During her eight Council terms, Henrietta has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation and children’s health. She counts as significant accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Also, Henrietta led the Council to adopt a Green Building policy for all new city buildings.
Vice Mayor Davis is currently heading the Cambridge Silver Ribbon committee to plan for the future of the city’s aging population. She also co-chairs the Healthy Children Task Force, a coalition that received the Innovation in Prevention award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2007 for promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
Vice Mayor Davis is a newly elected member of the U.S. Board of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives).
After earning a degree in social work from Boston College in 1972, Councillor Davis worked as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cambridge and a freelance journalist for National Public Radio, Time Inc. and others. After the birth of her second son in 1982, Henrietta left journalism and became an administrator at the Agassiz Preschool.
In 1987, Henrietta was elected to the Cambridge School Committee. Three more terms followed, during which her proudest accomplishments were science curriculum improvements and AIDS prevention efforts. She was elected to the City Council in 1995.
In 1997, Henrietta graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government earning her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
During her eight Council terms, Henrietta has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation, bridging the digital divide, children’s health and quality living for seniors. She is proud of the work the city has done on climate protection and energy efficiency. She’s a promoter of the Cambridge Energy Alliance and its goal to have 50% of all buildings in the city become energy efficient. She counts as significant recent accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Henrietta led the Council to adopt a green building policy for all new city buildings and an ordinance to protect trees at development sites. Henrietta is proud to say that Cambridge was the #1 walking city in the U.S. in 2008 according to Prevention Magazine.
Currently, Henrietta is chair of the Environment Committee and the Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee; she was also the long time chair of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Committee.
She served last year as Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Steering Committee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources. In September 2010, Henrietta was appointed to the U.S. Board of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)- Local Governments for Sustainability.
Henrietta Davis is married to Richard Bock and has two sons, Daniel, 31, and Aaron, 29, both graduates of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Her vision for Cambridge’s future focuses on Cambridge as a national environmental model, safety for pedestrians and bikers, protecting neighborhood interests, maintaining Cambridge’s unique feel, and promoting the city’s diversity. Her hobbies include kayaking, canoeing, and watercolor painting.