My name is Margaret Woolley Busse and I am running for Board of Selectman in Acton. As a mother of four young children, three of whom attend McCarthy-Towne Elementary School, I am passionate about Acton. Our family moved here in 2007 “for the schools,” as they say, but found something even better than the excellent schools—the community.
My love of this community motivated me to join Acton’s Planning Board in 2009. And since 2010, I have chaired the Acton 2020 committee, leading the process of creating a master plan for Acton’s future, through careful analysis and robust community involvement. Acton 2020’s work culminated in the plan’s completion in 2012, with its foundational goals and objectives ratified by Town Meeting last April.
I continue to serve as chair of the Acton 2020 committee, which is now focused on implementing the plan’s numerous action items. Throughout this planning process, I have witnessed how committed Actonians are to their town—demanding academic excellence and desiring more opportunities for community gathering and connections, but also concerned about the town’s financial viability and environmental sustainability.
My educational background includes earning an MBA from Harvard University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in both Public Policy and Economics from Brigham Young University.
Since taking a leave from full-time employment in order to care for my kids, I have been active in serving on non-profit boards, volunteering in the community and my children’s schools, and serving in my church. Prior to this, I worked as a consultant at the Bridgespan Group, a non-profit consultancy in Boston. My career has also included spending several years working as a financial analyst at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.
I believe in investing in our community and its future and believe such investments must be executed with shrewd financial stewardship. My experience with creating the Acton 2020 plan, serving on the Planning Board, and interacting daily with Acton citizens at Town Hall meetings, in school classrooms, and on soccer fields, gives me a unique ability to understand the town’s distinct strengths and challenges.
I am ready to move Acton forward.
Margaret Woolley Busse