Mayor Martin J. Walsh has hired a former Goldman Sachs analyst and associate as Boston’s first director of Olympic planning, a new in-house expert to help the administration examine proposals related to the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Sara Myerson, 31, who was most recently chief of staff and director of policy for the national nonprofit organization Preservation of Affordable Housing, will start in her city post April 27, Walsh said, in an interview.
She will be responsible for economic analysis related to the bid, transportation planning, community outreach, and review of bid plans from the local Olympic bid committee, Boston 2024, as well as the vetting of agreements between the city and Olympic entities, such as the US Olympic Committee. She will be responsible for reviewing insurance policies the bid committee has promised to buy to protect city taxpayers from potential Olympic cost overruns, Walsh said.
In each case, “I want her to be able to tell me this is a good deal for the city or a bad deal for the city,” Walsh said.
Myerson has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and a master’s in urban planning from Harvard University, according to a copy of her resume provided by the Walsh administration.
“Her strengths were the financial background at Goldman Sachs, putting big deals together,” Walsh said.
The mayor also liked that Myerson has experience in affordable housing, which he said will be valuable in evaluating plans to build an athletes village at the University of Massachusetts Boston, which could become student housing after the Games. “It was a nice fit for us.”
Myerson will work out of City Hall and report directly to the mayor, Walsh said. Her annual salary will be $115,000, according to the mayor’s office.
Boston is the US bid city for the 2024 Games, expected to compete against Hamburg, Rome, Paris and perhaps other cities — if voters endorse the Boston bid in a referendum next year.