I moved to Northampton with my family in 1995 and and we have resided in Ward 3 since 2000.  My wife, Dora Lewis, and I feel fortunate to have raised our children, Robert and Sophia Lewis-Nash, right here in Northampton.

My politics are progressive, but I am a pragmatist and I like to get things done. The hallmark of my community involvement has been to promote inclusion and respectful dialogue no matter how difficult the issue. 

I have been a member of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association for over a decade, for the past two years serving as president.  In this role, I have encouraged constructive conversation around zoning, affordable housing, traffic calming, and the Bridge Street Cemetery.

I am the founder and director of Careerworks, Inc., a non-profit organization providing vocational consulting and programing for youth struggling with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges.  I have been dedicated to this field for over 30 years.

As a member of the Zoning Revisions Committee I worked to revise our city's outdated zoning regulations so that they better served the needs our neighborhoods and business districts. My goals were to streamline the process to give city residents more flexibility with their properties, while also crafting regulations that didn't allow so much infill that the essential character of our neighborhoods would be lost. I advocated for expanding residents' rights for backyard chickens and promoted regulations that encouraged growth on King Street.

As a member of the Chamber of Commerce I successfully advocated for what would become the Northampton High School Senior Internship Program.

As a member of the Northampton public transit subcommittee I worked with the PVTA, DPW, and Childs Park to install bus shelters at NHS so that work study students could take public transportation to their jobs and internships.

As a member of the Northampton Committee on Disabilities I was part of initiatives to improve para-transit services and clear snow blocked sidewalks.

As a member of the Regional Employment Board's Youth Services Committee, I advocated for youth with disabilities, and worked with with fellow providers to create a more seamless service culture.

As a board member with the Cutchins Programs I contributed to a vital resource for children struggling with the effects of trauma. I helped cultivate relationships with neighbors, who are a critical factor in providing caring, non-institutional treatment.

I served as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention supporting Robert Reich and Steven Grossman and campaigned for Maura Healey and Martha Coakley as well as many local candidates for city office.  I strongly support the candidacy of Hilary Clinton for President.

I said I'm a pragmatist. I'm also an optimist. I believe we can solve vexing city problems including wayward trucks on neighborhood streets and perennial parking concerns.  Solutions are out there, we just need to find them. I think it's important to do that together.

Ward 3 City Councilor
Elected November 8th, 2016
Sworn in November 9th, 2016
Committee on Finance
Committee on Public Works
Committee on Legislative Matters

Ward 3 neighborhood Association
Board Member since 2006
Vice President, 2006 to 2008
President, 2014 to 2016

Northampton Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member since 2001
Education Team, 2002 to 2006
Economic Development Committee 2005 to Present

Regional Employment Board, Youth Services Committee
Committee Member since 2003

Northampton Passenger Rail Advisory Committee
Committee Chair, 2012 to 2014

Cutchins Programs
Board Member since 2013
President, Sept. 2016 to present
Vice President,  Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2016

Northampton Democratic Committee

Committee Member since 2012
Elected Ward 3 committee chair, 2015

Northampton Public Transit Subcommittee
Committee Member 2007 to 2013

Northampton Committee on Disabilities
Committee Member and/or Attendee, 2001 to 2012

Zoning Revisions Committee
Committee Member, 2009 to 2011