The goal of this campaign is to help Cambridge become a modern, efficient, sustainable city while still preserving the livability and historic character of our homes and neighborhoods.
— Derek Kopon, Candidate for Cambridge City Council
 
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Derek Kopon

Candidate for Cambridge City Council

Hello

I am an astrophysicist and engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  I have spent my 20 year professional career designing and building the most advanced space telescopes and the largest ground-based telescopes in the world.  I have a doctorate in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in engineering physics and aerospace engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics with a minor in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

My mother was a lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency and I am a lifelong environmentalist and activist.  I am specifically interested in how to mitigate global warming through the use of zero-emission energy technologies, such as solar power and other renewables.  I first moved to Cambridge in the summer of 2002 to do a summer internship in the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center where I researched clean fusion power, the holy grail of clean energy.  I left Cambridge in 2007 to pursue my doctorate in Arizona.  I then lived in Heidelberg, Germany for 2.5 years as a post doctoral research associate at the Max Planck Institute.  I returned to Cambridge in 2015 and intend to build my life and raise my family here in the city.

Goals

The goal of this campaign is to help Cambridge become a modern, efficient, sustainable city while still preserving the livability and historic character of our homes and neighborhoods.  Effective municipal government must begin with an honest and transparent political system so that the decisions of our policy makers reflect the values of our citizens, free from the distortions and conflicts of interest of outside corporate money.  Please join me in creating a government that is of the People, by the People, and for the People. 

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Chairman: Jason Stockmann

Treasurer: Aaron Kemp

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