Nadya Okatamo was born in New York City and attended high school in Oregon; she speaks openly about experiencing housing insecurity during her high school years. She moved to Cambridge, the home of her godparents, in 2016 to attend Harvard, and is the youngest candidate for Cambridge City Council at 19.
In 2014, while in high school, she co-founded PERIOD, a non-profit dedicated to providing menstrual hygiene products to those that need them. She has experience in grassroots organizing and leadership with E Pluribus.
Students increase the competition for affordable housing but most students are unaware that they are taking the best-priced units in Cambridge and creating difficulties for families.
I’m actually the only candidate that’s experienced housing instability, and I think the lack of understanding for that experience is causing harm to a lot of policies.
Also, I would be representing a whole demographic that has never had a seat on the Council before. We’ve never had student representation on the Council. I would be this unprecedented voice for what has never been represented on the Council before.
Nadya Okamoto, Candidate for City Council.
Cambridge Community Television .
Episode 5: Who are the upstarts?.
Backyard Cambridge (Podcast) Oct. 31, 2017.
The Breakthrough: How Women of Color are Transforming Boston and Cambridge Politics.
The Tufts Observer Oct. 10, 2017.
Why a record number of Cambridge women are running for City Council.
Wicked Local Cambridge Oct. 3, 2017. Excerpt
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