Eric Hyett (he/him)
Town Meeting Member (Precinct 10)
Long-standing member (and 3-time endorsee) of Housing Justice advocates Brookline for Everyone
Pro-growth Progressive endorsed by Brookline PAX
KNOW YOUR TOWN MEETING MEMBER:
Age: 51. Born & raised in Brookline; graduate of Driscoll, Brookline High School (BHS) and School-Within-a-School (SWS)
Renter: I share a rental apartment on Beacon Street with my boyfriend, Teddy Weinberg.
Education: Studied Linguistics at Harvard College, and History and Social Study of Science and Technology at MIT. Proficient in 6 languages; successful 20-year career as global business development executive for Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, Experian.
Current Brookline Civic Activities: Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair, and Host "The Arc of Justice," Brookline Interactive Group (BIG).
Member, Temple Ohabei Shalom. Active on Social Action Committee.
Co-Teacher (with 43-year BHS teaching veteran Abby Erdmann), "Telling Your Story" memoir group for Brookline parents living in Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) housing.
Photo by Laura Bradford. On left: Town Meeting Member Kimberley Richardson
ISSUES AND IDEAS:
I believe the #1 issue facing Brookline is our town style of government. At 63,500 residents, Brookline is far too large to be well-governed via Town Meeting and a Select Board. I grew up in the Town of Brookline, and I support our adopting a charter and becoming the City of Brookline as soon as possible.
In the meantime, as a Town Meeting Member representing Precinct 10, I have to vote on the issues facing renters and homeowners in the most population-dense part of town. For this area, affordable housing is most people's #1 concern, followed quickly by climate change.
In addition to promoting eco-friendly growth, my reasons for being in Town Meeting include the ability to help right some historical wrongs, as well as ensuring Brookline is always on the cutting-edge of green technologies.
Most importantly, though, I am also hoping to improve the divided state of our community. I believe that effective government requires gaining the trust of Brookline stakeholders, rather than pitting groups (such as teachers and public safety workers) against each other. Calling for consensus means I must also commit to changing my own mind, in response to new data.
Visiting my mom at her Memory Care facility during the pandemic.
I grew up in Brookline during a time of far greater economic inclusion, and I believe Brookline is currently an unfair and exclusionary enclave that will soon be only available only to the very wealthy. Almost none of my classmates from Brookline High School can afford to live in the town where we grew up. Our problem is a failure to grow. What we need: leadership that is willing to embrace change.