After spending 2015 embroiled in one of the state’s biggest political debates, Kelley Gossett will take up another contentious issue in 2016.
Gossett, one of three co-chairs of No Boston Olympics, the opposition group that helped sink Boston’s unpopular bid for the 2024 Summer Games, has been hired by Uber. She will work from Boston as a northeast policy manager for the San Francisco-based transportation app company.
A former policy director for homelessness nonprofit One Family, Gossett is an attorney with experience in advocacy, politics, and government. Those are areas Uber has emphasized as cities and states across the country—including Massachusetts—have sought to regulate so-called transportation network companies. Cab businesses have cried foul about companies like Uber and Lyft, arguing they should be subject to rules similar to those that govern their industry.
In September, duelling crowds of taxi drivers and supporters of ride-hailing services crowded a hearing room as state legislators weighed multiple bills seeking to regulate the companies. Lawmakers will further explore the issue before the end of the two-year legislative session next summer.
Gossett’s co-chair Chris Dempsey is doing consulting work for Masabi, which creates payment collection apps for public transit agencies. The group’s third member, Liam Kerr, remains with the charter school advocacy group Democrats for Education Reform, where he worked throughout the effort that ultimately led to no Boston Olympics any time soon.