ARLINGTON, MA — Mallory Sullivan recently joined the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development as the Community Development Block Grant administrator. The town receives roughly $1 million annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support local community development activities such as affordable housing, infrastructure development and providing opportunities and services for people who earn low-to-moderate incomes.
This year, the town received an additional $980,388 through the CARES Act to assist people and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Sullivan will be primarily responsible for managing the program and working with community groups that receive funding. She began her new role Sept. 21.
Sullivan comes to Arlington with a background as an AmeriCorps national service volunteer, in municipal government and as a community organizer. She previously worked for Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service, the town of Lexington and the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and her masters from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business, both in public administration.
“Mallory is a welcome addition to our planning and community development team,” Jennifer Raitt, director of Planning and Community Development, said in a statement. “Her dedication to public service and capability as a detail-oriented administrator will ensure that the CDBG program is responsive to the needs of Arlington in light of the continuing pandemic and its impact on the community.”
The Department of Planning and Community Development works to improve access to housing and transportation, enhance the vitality of business districts, provide opportunities for all households and preserve the town’s natural, historic and cultural resources. The department oversees various planning and community development activities within the town, including implementation of the Arlington Master Plan.
“I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to support Arlington’s current and future housing, community, and economic development goals,” Sullivan said. “The responsibilities of the CDBG Administrator meld my passion for creating vibrant and livable communities with my municipal experience and public administration degree.”