PS21 has new chair and two new board members

The PS21 Board of Directors recently elected Emily Corbett Chadwick as its new chair (see photo below). She has been an active member of the PS21 community for two years, and led the development and implementation of the Vaughan Mall Green demonstration project. Emily works at Manypenny | Murphy Architecture in Portsmouth, and earned degrees in Architecture at the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in the Growth & Structure of Cities at Haverford College.


Doug Roberts, co-founder of Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21), is the outgoing chair. He resigned from the board in August to run for a seat on Portsmouth City Council. Doug stated that he hopes to be elected to the City Council in November “in order to take a more directly active role in advocating for innovative ideas and the positive discussion of issues facing Portsmouth.”

Two new members have been elected to serve on the PS21 board. Deb Chag is a Middle Street resident who has served as a volunteer on numerous Seacoast nonprofit boards. She participated in the North End and West End charrettes, as well as Portsmouth Listens – West End, and was a volunteer for the PS21 Vaughan Mall Green demonstration project.

“I’m excited to join the PS21 Board because I appreciate the progressive thinking of this community group. I hope to help broaden the visibility of PS21 by continuing to identify and promote demonstration projects and other relevant events,” Chag said.

Jonathan Sandberg, a Boston native who moved to Portsmouth in 2000, works in Student Services at Portsmouth High School. Sandberg served on the board of the Portsmouth Historical Society and helped foster the creation of the Discover Portsmouth Center. He is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Federal Block Grant Program for Portsmouth, and participated in two sessions of Portsmouth Listens.

“I’m pleased to be directly involved in planning and implementing PS21 activities. In particular, I’m a strong advocate for improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure,” Sandberg noted.

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