Anne M. Larner: Decades of Service to Newton


Background and experience
Newton has been my home for over home for over 40 years. My husband Bob Larner and I have reared our three children in West Newton where we still live. They attended Peirce, Warren, Day, and Newton North. I have four grandchildren. My two oldest grandchildren attended the Newton Schools for a year when they lived with us.

Community Activity
My community involvement began with my youngest child strapped to my back and continues to this day with a grandchild sometimes in tow. I grew up in a family that believed in getting involved and came of age in the ‘60s. Involvement is in my DNA. My activity has included:

  • Chair Newton School Committee (eight years) and Board Member (1990-97 & 2000-07)
  • Past President Historic Newton Board of Directors (2007-12); Board Member (1999 to present)
    Current Development Committee Chair
  • Member of Ward 3 Democratic City Committee (over 30 yrs); past Treasurer
  • Steering Committee that created and implemented The First Newton Serves
  • Past Vice President Newton PTO Council and Board Member
  • Past Board Member League of Women Voters of Newton
  • Warren Jr High Reuse Committee
  • Hyde School Reuse Committee
  • Past President Newton North PTO
  • Past President Peirce School PTO
  • Past Chair of the Newton Community Schools Commission (now part of Newton Community Ed)
  • Past Coordinator of Peirce Community School Programs
  • Past volunteer Understanding Our Differences
  • Numerous local and state political campaigns for candidates and ballot questions: roles from sign holder to campaign manager
  • Past volunteer team captain serving meals at Rosie’s Place (15 years)

Professional Experience
15 years at the MBTA Advisory Board (a public watchdog agency): 12 as Executive Director. The work included review and critique of T budgets, fares and operating performance as well as advocacy on behalf of the cities and towns in the MBTA District. Mayors and Selectmen from the member communities constituted the Board.

In 1997 I left that position and combined consulting to public and non-profit groups with increasing my volunteer involvement in the community.

BA in American History, University of Connecticut
MA in American History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MBA in Public & Non Profit Management, Boston University