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Kat Eshel

Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space

Kat works to achieve Mayor Michelle Wu's climate and environmental agenda and make Boston the most resilient and just city to live in. As Chief of Staff, she supports the Mayor's Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS Cabinet), which includes the Parks & Recreation Department, the Environment Department, the Office of Historic Preservation and the Office of Food Justice. She collaborates within the EEOS Cabinet, across the City government and with community partners to integrate climate and environmental justice across policies and programs. Within the EEOS Cabinet, she spearheads strategic planning, professional development, performance management and human capital management to ensure that our teams are best positioned to deliver on the Mayor's goals. She previously led the 2019 Climate Action Plan Update and major initiatives including the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), and currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Air Pollution Control Commission.

Prior to joining the Environment Department in March 2018, Kat worked in nonprofits, the United Nations, and private industry on sustainable urban development, biodiversity conservation, and science communication. She has a Master's in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po, a Master's in Environmental Sciences from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and an Environmental Studies degree from Yale University.

I am a Bicycle / Active Transportation (BAT) member because:

Bikes and walks set you free and create community. My fellow BATs have become friends and teachers, sharing trails and tips, like how to bike through snow and sleet and make active commutes a year-round, all-weather activity. I also started skateboarding during the pandemic — and convinced a number of my colleagues to join me! I walk and bike to work at City Hall and 1010 Mass Ave every day from the South End, but have also commuted from Jamaica Plain and Allston. Talk to me if you want tips on putting together your own active commute!

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