Mallory Sullivan has joined the town planning staff as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administrator.
The town receives roughly $1 million annually in CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support local community-development activities, such as affordable housing, infrastructure development and providing opportunities an services for people who earn a low- to moderate-incomes.
The town received $980,388 in additional funding through the CARES Act to assist people and businesses affected by Covid-19.
Sullivan, who began the job Sept. 21, has the primary responsibility for managing the program and working with the many community groups that receive funds.
Sullivan comes to Arlington with a background as an AmeriCorps national service volunteer, in municipal government and as a community organizer. She previously worked for Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service, the Town of Lexington and the Allston Brighton Community Development Corp.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Stonehill College and her master's from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business, both in public administration.
“Mallory is a welcome addition to our planning and community development team,” Jennifer Raitt, director of Planning and Community Development, said in a news release. “Her dedication to public service and capability as a detail-oriented administrator will ensure that the CDBG program is responsive to the needs of Arlington in light of the continuing pandemic and its impact on the community.”
In the release, Sullivan said: “I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to support Arlington’s current and future housing, community, and economic development goals. The responsibilities of the CDBG administrator meld my passion for creating vibrant and livable communities with my municipal experience and public administration degree.”
The planning department is committed to improving the quality of life for Arlington's residents by improving access to housing and transportation, enhancing the vitality of business districts, providing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households, and preserving and promoting the town's natural, historic and cultural resources. The department oversees various planning and community development activities within the Town of Arlington, including implementation of the master plan. Staff support a range of town boards and committees, including the Redevelopment Board and manage three redevelopment properties: Jefferson Cutter House, Central School (Senior Center), and 23 Maple St.
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