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Adriane Musgrave

A New Voice for Cambridge

Adriane will fight for policies that increase access to economic opportunity for everyone in Cambridge. She will also champion smart zoning and development, as well as advocate for high-quality city services and investing in city infrastructure. She has the experience, personal tenacity, and compassionate outlook that Cambridge needs to be a leader in the new urban movement for inclusive prosperity. 

Fighting Poverty & Inequality

Adriane is on the executive board of Interise, a national, award-winning not-for-profit that tackles poverty through small business growth. Established small business owners enroll in our "Streetwise MBA" program that helps them scale up and hire more staff. About 65% of our businesses are minority-owned or located in a low-resource community. We work in 70+ communities across the country and have helped 4,500+ businesses grow, creating jobs at 5x the annual rate of the private sector. The World Bank has called our program one of the top 25 "must-see" executive education programs in the world. 

A Leader Who Can Tackle Complex Topics with Compassion

As a management consultant to Fortune 500 firms, Adriane has helped companies gather and analyze data to address their thorniest problems. Adriane has a strong belief in the need to marry economic facts with the personal experiences of the community. She is a diligent and fast learner capable of handling the challenging, complex issues that city government faces. She also knows the power of large companies and, as a member of the Alliance for Business Leadership, believes our business community should help advance the progressive policies that will help everyone thrive. 

Higher Education Trailblazer

Adriane launched the Global Operations and Strategy group at Boston University. She helped the University define its place in the world, increase the connections and support for international students on campus, and ensure that students, faculty, and staff were supported while learning, doing research, or engaging in service projects in more than 90 countries. Successfully launching a new department at one of the largest universities in the U.S. required Adriane to build strong collaborations across campus, listen to a diverse set of needs and concerns, be respectful of differences, and find creative ways to work across siloed departments. 

Progressive Bona Fides  

Adriane started her career working for then-Senator John Kerry in his Washington, D.C. office where she focused on veterans issues as an intern. She has also served as a leading grassroots fundraising manager for the DNC and the ACLU.  

Committed to Cambridge with Historic Family Roots

Adriane has lived in Cambridge for nearly 10 years and the Boston area for over 15 years. She and her husband Brian were married last year and are fortunate enough to be able to raise their kids here. 

Adriane's grandparents also started their married life in Cambridge when her grandfather studied at EDS to become an Episcopalian priest. 

Athlete & Outdoor Enthusiast

Adriane is always up for a physical challenge. She played D1 soccer at BU and today spends her free time cycling country roads, running along the Charles, hiking mountains, and continuously trying to play more tennis. She reads voraciously, shoots documentary photography, and loves going to plays - especially at the A.R.T.! 

She has a B.A. in international relations and earned her MBA while working full-time - both from Boston University. She originally hails from South Florida.