Brad Rawson serves the City of Somerville as Director of Mobility in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development. His team is responsible for community engagement, policy planning, street design, infrastructure finance, project implementation and program administration to advance Somerville’s safety, equity and climate commitments.
Under Brad’s leadership, the City’s Mobility Division has delivered Somerville’s first dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority solutions, and protected bicycle facilities. The team prepared Somerville’s Vision Zero Action Plan and has developed and scaled a physical traffic calming program citywide. The Mobility Division leads the City’s coordination with state and regional partners including MassDOT, MBTA and the Boston Region MPO, collaborating to mitigate the harms of the highway-building era and strengthen mass transit. The City’s efforts to deliver the long-planned MBTA Green Line Extension light rail project have been coordinated and executed through Brad’s office. Additionally, the team is responsible for a robust land use planning, private development permitting and transportation demand management portfolio.
Brad is a community planner by training, with more than twenty years of public service (of which fifteen have been in Somerville). His work in Somerville has included subject-matter focus on small business development, land use planning, parks and urban forestry. He has participated in the “Leadership NACTO” training program as well as NACTO’s “Structured for Success” organizational design program. Brad is a proud Somerville resident.