Kristine Mackin PhD’14 joins Waltham City Council

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Kristine Mackin PhD’14 Joins Waltham City Council

February 8, 2018
Simon Goodacre | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Kristine Mackin PhD’14, a graduate of the Biochemistry department, was elected to the Waltham City Council last year. She came to Brandeis in 2009 and studied the evolution of bacteriorhodopsin. She cites her lab’s awareness of local and national politics as a factor in her decision to enter the political realm herself. We caught up with Kristine recently and asked her about her motivation for joining the City Council.
Waltham was recently named the Best Place to Live in Massachusetts by Money Magazine. In your opinion, what makes this city special? Waltham has a sign when you drive into town saying “America’s History is Our History.” What that means to me is that Waltham is the American melting pot; we have blue collar families who’ve lived here for decades, we have professionals like me who’ve moved in or come back after college, and we also have a huge and diverse immigrant population with 27% of residents being born overseas. This diversity makes Waltham an exciting and vibrant place to live, and even with our relatively large population, we are building community between all the different neighborhoods and groups.
What inspired you to run for City Council? Did the current political climate have any impact? I’d always had a long-term goal of getting into politics somehow, whether it be aiming to work at a government agency like the National Science Foundation, or with an advocacy group or running for office myself. But I always thought I needed to check of more prerequisites before I would be ready. Then in late 2016, along with many others, I was stunned to see the election of someone I thought could never achieve the highest office in …

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