Lara has close to two decades of experience in municipal government in Massachusetts that has focused primarily on historic preservation, affordable housing, and the administration of the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act. She also has extensive experience in grant writing and administration, comprehensive and community planning, open space conservation, neighborhood design reviews and surveys, as well as community engagement.
Lara joins JM Goldson after nearly a decade as the Senior Planner for the Town of Concord. There, Lara’s work focused on the oversight and development of the Town’s Community Preservation Act, Local Historic Districts, and Historical Commission activities and programs. As staff to the Community Preservation Committee, Lara was responsible for administering an application and project oversight program with an average of $1.4 million in annual allocations to projects in community housing, open space, recreation, and historic preservation. The wide range of her work in this area includes experience with the purchase of open space and agricultural lands; the restoration of both locally and nationally significant historic sites; the development of new playing fields and park spaces; and the construction of new affordable housing units both in existing and new developments.