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Planning Board: Jennifer Steel

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Educational Background:

  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University
Current Employment:
  • Chief Environmental Planner for the City of Newton

Experience on Town Boards/Candidates:

  • Current Associate Member of the Planning Board

Other experience in Town/elsewhere:

  • Surface Water Committee
  • Town Meeting Committee
  • School Councils
  • High School Building Committee 
Candidate Statement: 
I am writing to introduce myself as a candidate for the Wayland Planning Board, finishing out the last one year of a recent member’s term. I am running unopposed, but I want to introduce myself in hopes of furthering one of my goals: to help create better connection between the Planning Board and citizens of Wayland.

I have been serving on the Planning Board as a (non-voting) Associate Member for two years, learning the regulations and procedures and contributing to all discussions. I am looking forward to becoming a full voting member of the Board.

My ties to Wayland are deep. I grew up in town, graduated from Wayland High and returned with my family 15 years ago. My parents, Colin and Ginny, still live in my childhood home and are very active in town. My 19-year old son, Graham, is a sophomore at Harvard and my 17-year old son, Drew, will be attending Tufts next year. My husband, Eric, is a biostatistician at MGH and active with the Dudley Pond Association. Over the years, I have been involved with numerous boards and committees in Wayland.

I am employed as the Chief Environmental Planner for the City of Newton, responsible for supporting the Newton Conservation Commission, managing Newton’s conservation land, crafting the City’s Climate Action Plans, spearheading trail enhancement efforts, and incorporating green building concepts into the zoning code. I work with developers, residents and consultants to review development proposals and municipal planning initiatives.

I have an interest in proactive, well-coordinated, efficient government and hope to bring more of my content and managerial experience to the Planning Board. I take the role of public servant very seriously and hope that residents will bring to me (jennifermsteel@gmail.com) their interests and concerns.

Please vote on Tuesday, April 23 and participate in Town Meeting on April 29. Thank you.

Jennifer Steel
16 Mayflower Path