Thomas Bernard Announces Bid for North Adams Mayor
City native to focus on education, infrastructure and public health as the foundations of economic development
North Adams, Mass. -- Thomas (Tom) Bernard today declared his candidacy for mayor of the city of North Adams. In making the announcement, the North Adams native called for a new generation of leadership to build on the tradition of innovation that has characterized the city since its earliest days.
“From textiles to electronics to the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the information age, North Adams has been at the forefront of economic and industrial movements that have shaped the world,” Bernard said. “I am tremendously excited by the opportunity to hear your ideas and to share my vision as I work to earn your vote for mayor of our remarkable city,” he added. “Together we can realize our potential by cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit of our residents, by encouraging outside investment, and by advocating for education, infrastructure and public health as the foundations of sustainable economic and community development. ”
Bernard currently serves as Director of Special Projects at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He previously worked at two anchor institutions in the city of North Adams: at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) as a Development Officer from 2004-2006; and at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) from 2006-2014 in various roles including Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations; Executive Assistant to the President and Clerk of the Board of Trustees; and Director of Business Affairs. In addition to his professional experience, Bernard has volunteered with numerous North Adams-based organizations, including the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce, the Drury High School Band Parents Association, and the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Pastoral Council.
A 1988 graduate of Drury High School, Bernard earned a bachelor’s degree at Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from Westfield State University. He lives in the city with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter Alexandra, a senior at Drury High School who will attend Williams College in the fall.
His mother and stepfather, Jane and Tom Bernard, are retired educators who each served 34 years with the North Adams Public Schools. “I am proud to continue my parents’ tradition of public service in our city. If elected I aspire to make the same positive difference through my work at City Hall that they made in the classrooms at Freeman, Brayton, Conte and Drury.”