Trevor (Mahony) Crow '80
An interview with Stephen Reed
Trevor (Mahony) Crow, a 1980 graduate of Northwood, has entered the political arena. A talented student and figure skater during her Northwood years, she holds an MBA from Harvard. Both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Executive Coach, she recently authored Blending Families, in which she addresses the issues stepfamilies face. She has also been a radio talk show host. Her entry into politics is a fitting capstone to a career serving others. Despite her hectic schedule, she graciously consented to an interview with me.
Why politics after impressive careers as a writer, life counselor and businesswoman?
Over time, I have developed strong opinions regarding our political situation in the US. I am a believer in our democracy; our voices, our rights, and our votes should mean something. As a woman watching our basic human bodily autonomy being stripped away, I cannot sit by. My unique combination of life experiences, work, and family have all prepared me for this fight.
How have each of those careers prepared you to serve your district’s citizens?
Using my business background, including a Harvard MBA, and years on Wall Street combined with my LMFT, I understand how innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to the wellbeing of society, while I can also speak to the needs and concerns of my constituents. My strength is my ability to see, hear, and value what is important to my communities while helping develop sustainable solutions that support business and growth.
This is your third run for political office. What did you learn from the earlier races?
I learned that I enjoy knocking on doors and connecting with voters. Listening and learning about what is important to voters gives me energy to find solutions and help people have better lives.
Which among your positions offers voters the best reason to vote for you?
Fighting to maintain and preserve women’s right to safe, legal reproductive health and services, including abortion, is my top priority. Following the Supreme Court leak, it looks as if Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned, making safe legal abortion out of reach for 36 million women. It’s unconscionable and deeply concerning. This makes women unable to make decisions for themselves, their families and their economic futures. We are literally being thrown back in time. Make no mistake, with Roe falling, so will laws protecting contraceptives, same sex marriages, and LBGTQ rights. A vote for me ensures women and people with uteruses have safe, legal access to reproductive health services. My opponent just voted against making Connecticut a safe harbor state for women seeking abortions and against expanding options for care -- the difference between us couldn’t be starker.
If all goes well, you will be representing one of the wealthiest constituencies in the country, fairly conservative on economic issues, center/left on social issues. Which of your positions will be the toughest sell to the electorate? Why?
Our district covers all of Greenwich, North Stamford and much of New Canaan and has been historically Republican and fiscally conservative. Given that I am pro-business and for cutting taxes (which Democrats just did in record setting fashion) and that there is more to do to improve our economy, I am far more in line with the representation our district wants and needs in Hartford.
The inevitable Northwood question: This year on our Facebook and Instagram pages we are celebrating the accomplishments of numerous Northwood women. From a woman’s perspective, what did Northwood do well when you were a student? Where did it need improvement?
I loved my time at Northwood! I made great and long-lasting friends! Northwood was so supportive of my figure skating – of sports for women in general – that it made me feel really appreciated. At my previous schools, I needed to explain why I was skating, missing school, and didn’t need gym class. The flight deck, as it was called in the day, probably wasn’t the safest place, but it was fun. I believe the woman of Northwood are in a different dorm now, so safety is no longer an issue. Mr. Friedlander was a tough headmaster. His style is out of style at this point. Overall, my experience at Northwood was absolutely wonderful. I learned much about, myself and many incredible classmates. I am forever grateful for my time there.