PATRICIA M. NOLAN moved to Cambridge from Stamford, Connecticut to attend college, the first in her family to attend Harvard College, where she majored in Government. After college, she did research in the field of American women’s history, and then moved to New York City, where she was a policy researcher on work and family issues and a speechwriter for Brooklyn District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman. She earned her Master's degree at Yale University's School of Management, where she founded a student newspaper. Ms. Nolan has broad experience in strategic planning and financial budgeting, serving in a range of positions since graduate school.
Her professional experience includes work with McKinsey, an international corporate consulting firm, with LISC (the nation's largest intermediary serving community development corporations), and with the ICA Group, (specializing in worker-owned and community-based enterprises). She served as CEO of an environmental company and a telecom sales and marketing company. Ms. Nolan has been a consultant to a range of mission-based organizations, including a legal staffing company, an environmental mutual fund, and a charter school founding group. Now her School Committee position is her main job.
Her husband, David Rabkin, a senior manager at the Museum of Science, and she have two children, who attended Cambridge Public Schools since Kindergarten. Their son graduated in 2014 and their daughter will graduate in 2016. She is looking forward to another term of using her energy and experience as a manager, strategic thinker, and analytically driven problem solver to help make Cambridge schools the best in the state.