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Hospital chief chosen as next Cambridge city manager


Yi-An Huang, who currently directs clinical operations at Boston Medical Center, will replace Louis DePasquale.

Cambridge Town Hall. David L Ryan/Boston Globe Team

After a process that lasted more than five months, Cambridge has chosen its next City Manager. At a special meeting on Monday, Cambridge City Council voted to select Yi-An Huang for the role.

Huang is currently Executive Director of Clinical Operations at Boston Medical Center. He will replace Louis DePasquale, who plans to retire July 5, according to an announcement from the City of Cambridge.

Officials have made a job offer to Huang, and his appointment depends on successful contract negotiations. Public Works Department Commissioner Owen O’Riordan will serve as acting city manager until Huang officially takes office.

“It’s the kind of job I feel called to, more than being part of a company that sells the most products or generates the most profit,” Huang said in an interview with the city council, the Cambridge Chronicle reported. “I have seen how much difference good leadership can make, and while I feel the city of Cambridge has many strengths, it also feels like an opportunity to reassess, strengthen the organization and set ambitious new goals.”

Huang holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He has resided in Cambridge for more than 15 years and has three children in the city’s public school system, according to the announcement.

From 2018 to 2021, Huang worked as Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Director of Population Health Analytics at BMC.

The search for DePasquale’s successor began in January. Managers created a leadership profile document that outlined what they were looking for in an ideal candidate. These parameters included fiscal responsibility, the ability to build a strong leadership team, a strong vision for Cambridge’s future, and a commitment to anti-racism, equity and inclusion.

The Leadership Profile is the result of a six-week community engagement process consisting of town halls, online surveys and conversations with key stakeholders. The city received more than 4,000 unique comments regarding the research, according to the document.

Four finalists were announced on May 19. In addition to Huang, the finalists were Deputy City Manager of Cambridge Iram Farooq, City of Chelsea Solicitor Cheryl Watson Fisher and City Manager of Hopkinton Norman Khumalo.

A “Meet the Finalists” forum followed, and City Council conducted public interviews with each finalist.

At Monday’s meeting, 53 people registered for public comment and 25 spoke in favor of Huang, the the Chronicle reported. The board voted eight to one in favor of Huang, with the only dissenting vote going to Fisher.


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