OLIVIA FUN FACTS
I played sports all my life, including through college, where I was a four year varsity student athlete on the women's lacrosse team at Amherst College. I played goalie, earned two-time Academic All-League honors, served as captain my senior year, and still wear on my right hand the ring commemorating our 2003 NCAA National Championship victory! Participating in high level athletics developed aspects of my character and value system that are relevant to my service as a City Councillor, including: discipline, work ethic, confidence, a thick skin, leadership skills, a willingness to be coached and take feedback, and the ability to work as part of a team. Earlier this year, I was invited to give the keynote address at my alma mater's banquet for graduating student athletes. Check it out, below, to learn more about my background and values.
I have been to 44 states, with the goal to visit all 50 ASAP. My curiosity about our country was inspired by John Kerry's loss to George W. Bush in the first presidential election for which I was old enough to vote. I wanted to better understand how our country could be so deeply divided and recognized that, having grown up and attended college in New England, I needed to branch out in order to learn more. I have indeed expanded my world view and my understanding of our country's polarity by visiting so many great states, each with its own unique cities, outdoor spaces, character and culture. Favorites include Alaska, South Dakota and Louisana (NOLA!). Still on the list are Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kentucky. Oh, and there's one important rule when it comes to keeping count: I have to have been outside the airport.
I became a vegetarian in February 2007, after learning about the impact of the meat industry on climate change and human health. I also recently divested myself of my car and am a big proponent of both minimalism and tiny living when it comes to my personal space. While urban environmental policy is not my academic or professional area of expertise, I have demonstrated a personal commitment to protecting the environment, and will work with and support knowledgable colleagues to avidly advocate for aggressive, progressive policies that prepare Cambridge and other coastal cities for the impacts of climate change.
When I first started out as an actor in New York City, I was hired as an extra for an episode of Days of Our Lives in which Cyndi Lauper made a guest appearance to sing True Colors to characters Luke and Noah, who enacted the first-ever gay male kiss on American daytime television. Below is a video of the footage that aired -- can you spot me!? On this unforgettable day, I not only met Cyndi Lauper, but also got to be a tiny part of ground-breaking story-telling that gave queer characters -- and therefore queer people like me -- much needed visibility. While I chose not to pursue work in film and television, I have maintained a firm commitment throughout my career in the theatre to give voice and visibility to under represented populations, and will similarly advocate for the under represented as a City Councillor.