MAPC, the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, helps build equity, opportunity, and livable, vibrant places for more than 3.5 million residents living and working in 101 cities and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. Guided by our regional plan, MetroFuture, and in concert with our own strategic goals, we strive to be a nimble and innovative public agency that provides core planning support to our member communities while also staying abreast of new trends in housing, transportation, public health, safety, clean energy, preservation, economic development, creative placemaking and more.


This year, we continued to build on our growing practice area around emerging technological innovation in transportation, while always providing core support services to our region around walkability, bike sharing and cycling infrastructure, trail planning, parking policy, complete streets, transportation demand management, regional transportation planning, sustainability, data, research, and more.

In June, MAPC, MassDOT, DCR and 14 mayors from our Metro Mayors Coalition hosted a special event in the Seaport to announce a regional agreement to facilitate and expand autonomous vehicle testing in Massachusetts. We were joined by Governor Charlie Baker and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack for this first-in-the-nation regional approach to planning for self-driving cars. The MOU establishes a common course for companies looking to test their self-driving vehicles in Massachusetts. With a single application, companies will be able to work with multiple communities to test their technologies in a range of environments, neighborhoods, and road types. In order to be eligible, companies need to have a human driver inside the vehicle at all times, demonstrate that their vehicle has passed a Registry of Motor Vehicles inspection, and prove that the car can be operated “without undue risk to public safety.”

MAPC worked to help convene the many municipalities who signed onto the MOU, working with local staff, mayors, and city and town managers to help build a regional consensus on testing.

After the signing, the mayors and attendees enjoyed an exhibition of several models of autonomous vehicle currently being tested in the area. The event was just one piece of our multi-faceted approach to helping the region plan for the advent of AV technology in Greater Boston. To read more about this work, visit our blog.

“New technology will change how people get around and move. We’re poised to mitigate the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities.”

Joseph A. Curtatone Mayor of Somerville

In February, MAPC released the report “Fare Choices: A Survey of Ride-Hailing Passengers in Metro Boston, which gave unique insight into the characteristics of residents and visitors to the region who use ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. This study, the first in the country to survey actual passengers inside their ride share vehicles, asked more than 1,000 riders about their trip—destination, frequency, cost, type of transportation mode replaced—and compiled it into usable data that showed some clear patterns. For example, we found that most survey respondents were young, non-car-owners, and used ride-hailing on a weekly basis. We also found that the type of trip it replaced was very likely to be a transit ride—at 42% of survey respondents—and we estimate that 15% of all ride hailing trips are adding cars to the region’s roads during rush hours. This affects not only traffic but MBTA revenue, since each ride hailing trip represents 35 cents in lost fares to the MBTA—far exceeding the 20-cent-per-ride surcharge fee on ride-hailing assessed by the state. The study, which gained widespread coverage nationwide, demonstrates that ride hailing is a valuable option for many residents but one with negative effects that planners will need to carefully prepare for and plan around.

Read the full report at mapc.org/farechoices.

MAPC has also begun organizing a coalition of commuter rail communities this year, in partnership with Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) and the MetroWest/495 Partnership. The goal of the group is to bring together officials from 25 communities where commuter rail runs to talk about ways to improve service, advocate for a system that meets the region’s needs, and add a focus on climate resiliency and sustainability to the network. The coalition will continue meeting in 2019 so stay tuned for more information on their important work.

Learn more about our work in transportation planning at mapc.org/transportation

In December of 2017, Boston and the MBTA piloted an exclusive bus lane on Washington Street between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills, building on the success of a 2017 pilot project that utilized dedicated bus lanes on Broadway in Everett to alleviate traffic and speed up bus times. Both projects used an MAPC parking analysis to convert car spaces into a devoted bus lane. The Everett and Roslindale projects were so popular with commuters across all modes that the model became permanent in 2018! MAPC has now begun working on two new pilots in Arlington and Cambridge/Watertown to test the use of dedicated bus lanes on Massachusetts Avenue and Mount Auburn Street, two extremely busy corridors, with the dual goals of alleviating traffic and encouraging more drivers to choose cycling or riding the (faster, more reliable) bus for getting around at rush hour.

This year, MAPC has also helped more than a dozen communities near Boston to launch no-cost, dockless bike share service. Several cities in our Inner Core, including Chelsea, Malden and Revere, underwent pilot programs to try these dock-free bike share systems in the fall of 2017; in spring of 2018, a regional program procured by MAPC rolled out across Greater Boston, giving more people in more communities access to low-cost bicycling opportunities. Dockless bike share systems offer bicycles with self-locking mechanisms that unlock with a mobile app. Rather than relying on docking stations, these bikes can be parked on the sidewalk, at bike racks, or in almost any publicly-accessible place, where the next user can pick it up, typically paying about one dollar per ride. MAPC’s effort helped to create a boundary-less, regional system that local governments could join at low or no cost, even offering e-bikes for greater ease of riding for inexperienced cyclists or riding on hilly terrain. Next, MAPC will be working with a small cluster of communities to develop model language for permitting of electric scooters, the next big thing to emerge in the field of mobility.

In late 2018, the Baker-Polito administration officially announced an exciting new program: MassTrails, which will provide funding and resources to expand and connect recreational trails and shared-use paths in Massachusetts. In addition to distributing about $5 million in matching grants in Fiscal Year 2020, MassTrails will offer technical assistance and resources to help design, construct, and maintain the Commonwealth's high-quality trails. Some of these resources are already available, including a shared-use path planning and design guide and a cost estimator tool.

MAPC has worked collaboratively with the MassTrails team to advocate for increased attention to trails in the Commonwealth and communicate our priorities for funding.

The MassTrails program is particularly exciting for its potential to help realize MAPC's LandLine vision plan. Earlier this year, MAPC released a visionary plan to connect 1,400 miles of greenways and trails into a seamless network. The LandLine would include consistent and clear signage throughout the network and bring trail access within a mile of where 92 percent of the region's residents live.

MassTrails places particular emphasis on expanding and connecting existing trails—exactly what LandLine is trying to achieve. Read more about LandLine here.


In late 2018, MAPC announced the launch of our Accelerating Climate Resiliency Mini Grant Program. Generously funded by the Barr Foundation, the $15,000 to $50,000 grants will advance strategies protecting people, places, and communities from the impact of climate change. The goal of the program is to fund smaller, low-cost projects, policies, and actions that will contribute to long-term resilience to climate change. While addressing the potential impact of climate change is daunting, MAPC hopes that the funded projects can begin to increase local preparedness.

Climate change is upon us and Metro Boston is already experiencing extreme weather-record-breaking snowfall in 2015, the worst drought in MA since the 1960s in 2016, the warmest year on record in 2017, and four Nor’easters in one month in 2018 (one similar to the Blizzard of ’78 in terms of coastal flooding). MAPC recognizes the urgency in building community resilience today and seeks to leverage climate planning efforts into projects that enable communities to thrive in our time of climate change. These grants are a way to turn planning into implementation.

Learn more at mapc.org/resource-library/accelerating-resiliency.

For much of 2018, MAPC administered a Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) grant program to help cities and towns across the state retrofit their streetlights to LEDs and save significant amounts of energy and money. A lesser-known aspect of this project is that all new streetlights being installed are “control-ready.” A control-ready streetlight has the internal wiring necessary to pair with smart control devices—such as emergency signal lights—which can be remotely controlled via a web-based system.

More common applications of these wireless control systems include setting regular schedules on lights, allowing them to brighten or dim at specified times of day. Control systems also provide the benefit of real-time maintenance information, such as whether a light is out or turned on during the wrong time of day. This allows for better-informed light maintenance, allowing the city or town to track things in a systematic, orderly way instead of waiting for resident complaints about lights, or losing money and time driving around to check the lights for outages.

In tomorrow’s world, the new communications network enabled by these wireless controls could potentially enable numerous innovative “smart-city” applications. Other devices compatible with the systems could include motion sensors to monitor traffic, temperature sensors to inform winter weather planning, like salting on roadways, integration with water meters, trash pickup, and more.

To learn more about adding smart controls to your city’s LED streetlights, or for information about retrofits, visit mapc.org/our-work/expertise/clean-energy/led-streetlight-retrofits.

Cost Savings from LED Streetlight Conversions

Data Sources: MAPC, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources


The Metro Boston DataCommon, an open data resource that MAPC first launched in 2006, returned better than ever in 2018 after an extensive user-focused restructuring and redesign.

The DataCommon provides a trove of information about a wide array of topics—a resource for everyone seeking to understand their communities. It can help anyone—residents, stakeholders, planners, city and town officials, educators, journalists—explore data and make informed decisions.

In 2006, MAPC launched the very first version of our DataCommon in collaboration with the Boston Indicators Project at the Boston Foundation. Since then, it’s gone through multiple iterations and updates. Most recently, the MetroBoston DataCommon allowed users to explore data, look at community snapshots, and create their own charts and maps.

This year, the MAPC Digital Services team took on the task rebuilding the DataCommon. The new, simplified browser makes it easy to grab a quick fact about any city or town in Massachusetts or to dig deep into any of the data. What most users won’t see right away is the ‘back end’ work that connects the Data Common directly to MAPC’s in-house database, so that as new data is added, it’s available to external users with no delay or extra processing needed.

Visit the new DataCommon at datacommon.mapc.org and send feedback or ideas to datacommon@mapc.org.

Massachusetts has some of the oldest gas mains in the nation, with pipes averaging 60 years old. To replace this underground infrastructure, utilities must navigate a patchwork of paper permits to dig up roads across the state, and their plans aren’t necessarily coordinated with local DPWs who pave and repair local roads. Fixing streets is necessary but expensive work, making it wasteful to dig them up twice by utilities and public works staff. MAPC wondered: what if utilities and DPWs could coordinate better? There are millions of dollars in potential savings if roads are torn up and repaved less often, as it costs about $1 million per mile to replace gas mains.

The MAPC Digital Services team worked Ayer, Milton, North Reading, and Westborough to develop an online system to help coordinate infrastructure improvement plans. The project resulted in two separate parts: a common online permitting system for street openings, which reduces towns’ and gas companies’ administrative and time costs; and Roadworks, an online infrastructure coordination mapping tool that helps municipalities identify where permit requests overlap with planned gas line repairs and other projects.

The result? A streamlined digital platform for the four towns to manage, track, and standardize street openings. It helps public works departments coordinate internally across highway, water, and sewer divisions and externally, with gas companies, other utility providers, and local contractors.

The first phase of this project was funded by a Commonwealth Efficiency and Regionalization Grant. If you’d like to learn more and see if your town could participate in the next phase of Roadworks, contact the MAPC Digital Services team at digitalservices@mapc.org.


Our two-year-old Arts & Culture Division has grown by leaps and bounds, always staying at the forefront of creative placemaking, arts and culture planning, equity, and education, with a focus on helping and working with local officials while engaging local residents in the region in new ways.

This fall, staff from the Arts & Culture team led a cross-departmental, collaborative effort to kick off our Metro Common regional planning process with an installation at Hubweek on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Utilizing a shipping container and interactive materials, the event invited visitors to consider the region’s history of segregation and patterns of housing disparity, as a way of forging new conversations on race, equity and land use as we plan for the future. The installation made use of informational flip boards and an illuminated data viewing table, both of which will be viewable at various points during the Metro Common planning process in 2019 and 2020. Data Services and Housing staff contributed to the effort, outlined in more detail on our blog at mapc.org/planning101/shipping-container-to-interactive-exhibit-housing-at-hubweek.

Over the summer, MAPC staff attended Rockland Day to help raise money and support for the town’s creative placemaking project, Sole of Rockland. Sole of Rockland is an interactive, creative downtown revitalization effort. MAPC engaged Rockland Day attendees through a community art station in the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND tent. The art station invited visitors to make watercolor paintings of their shoe soles to kickstart conversation about the project. The activity engaged everyone! The end result was a wide array of beautiful, shoe-themed artworks, displayed at the tent on a clothesline. At the same time, project team members led a discussion based activity to capture stories and memories of special places and hidden gems of downtown Rockland, through the use of notecards and a custom-designed map. The stories were used to create a new creative map of downtown Rockland that allowed MAPC to identify sites and locate sidewalk art while incorporating the shoeprints made by Rockland residents from the day’s event into the map.

In November, Natick saw an infusion of creative projects installed in three locations downtown thanks to a partnership with MAPC, including a musical bridge, a colorful hopscotch board, and new wayfinding decals designed to look like stained glass. The town was brought to life in a new way through "For the Love of Natick: A Creative Placemaking Weekend,” the culminating event in a year-long creative placemaking process. Over a dozen artists were commissioned to contribute site-specific artwork throughout the town's center that embodied the values of the project: accessibility, engagement, boldness, respect, historical relevance and forward-thinking, and wayfinding. The art pieces and performances were selected and funded by the Town of Natick, MAPC, and the Natick Center Cultural District as part of a larger project to develop a creative placemaking strategy for Natick Center. “Creative placemaking” is a process that uses arts and culture to enhance community identity, improve social and cultural cohesion, and address challenges in a specific area. Developing a strategy for creative placemaking in Natick Center has involved engaging a diverse array of stakeholders in the town to identify improvements they wanted to see in their town center. The project will gather information about the area’s arts and cultural assets and include recommendations for new processes, tools, and strategies to encourage creative engagement.

Read more about the project on our blog. Read more about the arts and culture team’s ongoing work online at mapc.org/our-work/expertise/arts-and-culture.


Good food and good health go hand in hand. With a good food system comes environmental sustainability, social cohesion, and civic engagement. Technical assistance around our food system is a key component of our suite of planning services in the areas of public health, land use, culture and beyond. Though challenges abound, partnerships around food and planning can be fruitful places to make meaningful change in the lives of our region’s most vulnerable and underrepresented groups.

Like many urban areas, the city of Everett faces challenges to providing equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods. Recent demographic shifts and rapid development have posed their own challenges to the local food system, which is why MAPC, working with the city and Everett Community Growers, recently completed the Everett Community Food Assessment and Plan.

Residents, food business owners, and other stakeholders worked over the course of a year to figure out what’s working and what’s not in Everett’s food system, learning in particular about school food, food businesses and their workers, community gardeners and urban agriculture, and food security. MAPC acted as the co-author and planning technical assistance provider for the plan,

digging in on research, organizing meetings and events, collecting and making sense of data, and developing project materials. A variety of stakeholders weighed in on their experiences through surveys, focus groups, and even photography. Local photographer Katy Rogers invited residents to view their City as community photojournalists and take pictures that told the story of Everett’s food system. These photos and stories were exhibited over the summer on the Northern Strand Community Trail, at “Everett Earthworks,” the site of a newly installed public art installation and garden by MAPC artist-in-residence Carolyn Lewenberg.

In one of the most diverse cities in the Commonwealth, project partners worked to ensure that the changes called for in the food plan would celebrate Everett’s many cultures and promote health equity and racial equity. As a result, the plan emphasizes inclusive decision making, multilingual outreach, and improving conditions for those most negatively impacted in the food system.

Read more about this effort on our blog at mapc.org/planning101/mapc-helps-city-of-everett-community-partners-launch-first-ever-food-plan.

Everett Earthworks


The state’s Executive Office of Public Safety will continue engaging MAPC as fiduciary agent for the Homeland Security Program in Massachusetts, giving us oversight of the state’s central, northeast, southeast and western Homeland Security regions. We provide management, administrative, and planning support to these four regions and their local advisory councils. We also work with our counterpart regional planning agencies (or RPAs) in those areas, including the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. We look forward to continuing our work with EOPSS and the Homeland Security Regions to enhance emergency preparedness capabilities at the state, regional, and local levels.

Our municipal collaboration team also works to secure cost savings for public works, police, and fire departments across Eastern Massachusetts through our collective purchasing program, and we continue to work with law enforcement and prevention partners in eight Inner Core communities—Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Quincy, Somerville and Winthrop—to manage the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, a grant program designed to address youth and gang violence. We are honored to continue facilitating this program in tandem with our community partners and believe it has a very real impact on at-risk youth and crime prevention.

This year, our procurement services staff led 20 school food directors from Acton-Boxborough, Littleton, Ashland, Canton, Milton, Needham, Webster and Hopkinton on a tour of seafood vendors who are on contract with MAPC to provide healthy, locally-caught seafood to schools across Eastern and Central Massachusetts. This contract aims to support local fishermen who catch underutilized fish species, while diversifying the menu at local schools and helping more kids enjoy eating fish as part of lunchtime nutrition. More sessions are planned with additional school directors in the spring.

Our Municipal Collaboration team also works inter-departmentally, collaborating with Clean Energy and Transportation to develop an approach to group purchasing that filled gaps in the Massachusetts clean vehicle landscape this year.

Adding electric, hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles to municipal fleets reduces carbon emissions while cutting spending on gasoline and diesel fuels—but the benefits and potential of these technologies aren’t widely known. Municipal fleet managers and departments of public works are wary about buying battery electric or hybrid electric vehicles for their fleets without examples of cost savings, operations, and maintenance benefits. That’s where MAPC and the Fleets for the Future Initiative have been trying to fill the gap.

In the spring of 2016, the Department of Energy selected MAPC as one of a handful of organizations nationwide to pilot a program helping fleets across our region procure fuel-efficient vehicles and related technology. Led by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), MAPC and four other regional councils, nine Clean Cities Coalitions, and five technical partners launched what would become Fleets for the Future.

The MAPC team set out to make it easier for municipalities and state agencies to integrate clean vehicle technology into their fleets, while saving money by buying together at a discounted cost. Click here to learn more about our Clean Vehicle Projects and Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program. 


On the government affairs front, our team worked intensively throughout the year on numerous legislative priorities, ranging in topic from affordable housing and zoning reform to driverless cars, regional ballot initiatives, short-term rentals, opioid investments, regionalization grants and more.

In early October, the Metro Mayors Coalition announced a goal of creating 185,000 new housing units between 2015 and 2030. This region-wide housing goal was among the first of its kind in the nation, and received a significant amount of press coverage. It represented a collaborative, months-long effort among staff from Government Affairs, Communications, Housing, and the Data Services Digital group, which build a highly informative website for the project at housingtaskforce.mapc.org.

This landmark regional housing commitment includes a regional production goal, with a set of 10 principles and best practices to guide the commitment toward meaningful action. Work toward setting a regional goal began last year when these Metro Mayors Coalition communities banded together to establish a Task Force to address the region’s worsening housing crisis. Since 2010, the 15 cities and towns of the Metro Mayors Coalition have added nearly 110,000 residents and 148,000 new jobs, while permitting only 32,500 new housing units. Intense competition for the limited available housing drives up prices, makes it difficult for people to find homes they can afford, and increases the potential for displacement. MAPC projects that Eastern Massachusetts will need 435,000 units of housing by 2040 to meet demand.

“Housing production isn’t just a Boston problem and no one community can solve our housing crisis alone. Home prices are rising throughout the region, and even as demand has grown, production has lagged. Today, these local and state leaders are stepping up to tackle the housing crisis head-on, because our residents can’t wait.”

Marc Draisen Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston

To help visualize development from both a regional perspective and a local perspective, MAPC also created MassBuilds, a visual database of development in the Greater Boston region, this year. It’s fast becoming one of the most comprehensive databases of past, present, and future development in the area, and as it grows, it will only become more valuable. The site relies on users—that’s right, the public—to tell us about proposed development or new construction that we missed. All of these data points will affect decisions made by MAPC, the state, and maybe even your town. Click here to make sure your community is represented accurately: massbuilds.com.


In early 2018, MAPC took the next step to promoting a more equitable region with the release of a draft State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda. We hope that the plan serves as a tool to advance policy change in the Boston region and that it serves as a roadmap not only for MAPC, but for our coalition partners, legislators, state and municipal officials, policy experts, and anyone looking to reduce and eliminate inequities our region.

As an organization, MAPC has specifically tracked equity indicators since 2011, when we released the first State of Equity for Metro Boston Indicators report. The indicators track inequalities across sectors including housing, transportation, public health, and contaminated environments. We updated that report last year in the State of Equity 2017 Update, which delved into the data to show where the Metro Boston region had improved in five years—and where work was still needed. This 2018 report outlines policy goals and features a digital web component, equityagenda.mapc.org, that features stunning visuals and interactive maps using MAPC’s equity data to show disparities in the region, and information on each of MAPC’s overarching policy goals. View photos from the standing-room-only State House event where the report was unveiled here.

We are confident that 2019 will be a year of inspiring engagement and visioning for the future of Greater Boston, and we hope you will join us. Visit our home on the web, mapc.org, and don’t forget we are always listening on Twitter @MAPCMetroBoston. We also have a refreshed presence on LinkedIn, and we’d love for you to check it out.

We look forward to shaping a better region—together!

Executive Committee

  • John Barros City of Boston
  • Keith Bergman Town of Littleton
  • Tina Cassidy City of Woburn
  • Robert Cohen Gubernatorial
  • Stephanie Cooper Ex-Officio (DEP)
  • Joseph A. Curtatone City of Somerville
  • John DePriest City of Chelsea
  • Richard Dimino Gubernatorial
  • Jamie Errickson Town of Natick
  • James Freas City of Newton
  • Andrew Grace City of Boston, alternate
  • Sandra Hackman Town of Bedford
  • Maurice (Moe) Handel Town of Needham
  • Pete Kane Town of Swampscott
  • Taber Keally Town of Milton
  • Hayes Morrison Ex-Officio (Massport)
  • George Proakis City of Somerville, alternate
  • Jennifer Raitt Town of Arlington
  • Vandana Rao Ex-Officio (MWRA)
  • Steven Sadwick Town of Reading
  • Samuel Seidel Gubernatorial
  • Stephen Silveira Gubernatorial
  • William Tinti Gubernatorial
  • Juan Vega Ex-Officio (EOHED)
  • Elaine Wijnja Ex-Officio (DHCD)
  • Erin Wortman Town of Stoneham


  • Marc Draisen Executive Director
  • Rebecca Davis Deputy Director
  • Jennifer R. García Acting Deputy Director
  • Amanda Linehan Communications Director
  • Karen Adelman Senior Communications Strategist
  • Elise Harmon Digital Communications Specialist
  • Kit Un Digital Media Designer
  • Elizabeth Weyant Government Affairs Director
  • Leah Robins Senior Government Affairs Specialist
  • Diego Huezo Government Affairs Specialist
  • Jennifer R. García General Counsel and Director of Operations
  • Rosaline Valcimond Interim General Counsel
  • Bette Viano Human Resources Manager
  • Holly Louis Human Resources Generalist
  • Heidi Anderson Operations Manager
  • Patrice Faulkner Receptionist and Scheduler
  • Rachel Marx Administrative Assistant
  • Joshua Weissman LaFrance Administrative Intern
  • Sheila Wynter Downer Finance Director
  • Peter Dilsizian Project Accountant and Financial Operations Supervisor
  • Katrina P. McKee Senior Grants & Contracts Accountant
  • Andrei Paladi Systems Optimization Specialist
  • Delroy P. McDonald Payroll & Benefits Administrator
  • Cassandra Betro Accounting Assistant
  • Jennifer Erickson Arts & Culture Manager
  • Annis Sengupta (PhD) Senior Arts & Culture Planner
  • Daniel Koff Regional Arts & Culture Planner
  • Hortense Gerardo Artist in Residence
  • Mallory Nezam Arts & Culture Fellow
  • Samuel Wenc Arts & Culture Intern
  • Cammy Peterson Director of Clean Energy
  • Patrick Roche Assistant Director of Clean Energy
  • Sasha Shyduroff Clean Energy and Climate Planner II
  • Megan Aki Clean Energy Analyst II
  • Brooks Winner Clean Energy Coordinator II
  • Nicole Sanches Clean Energy Coordinator
  • Cara Goodman Clean Energy Coordinator
  • Cristián Casanueve Clean Energy Intern
  • Tim Reardon Data Services Director
  • Buddy Newman Information Technology Manager
  • Calvin Cox IT Helpdesk Support Specialist
  • Matthew Flaherty Systems Administrator II
  • Lily Perkins-High Analytical Services Manager
  • Alaa Mukahhal Planning and GIS Analyst
  • Caitlin Spence Planning and GIS Analyst
  • Andrea Huerfano Analytical Services Intern
  • Matt Zagaja Lead Civic Web Developer
  • Eric Youngberg Full Stack Developer
  • Jay Dev Digital Services Intern
  • Jessie Partridge Guerrero Research Manager
  • Sara Philbrick Socioeconomic Analyst II
  • Steven R. Gehrke Senior Research Analyst
  • Seleeke Flingai Research Analyst II
  • Martin Pillsbury Environmental Planning Director
  • Sam Cleaves (AICP) Principal Planner
  • Anne Herbst Senior Regional Environmental Planner
  • Darci Schofield Senior Environmental Planner
  • Sabrina Pederson Environmental Planning Intern
  • Mark Racicot Land Use Planning Director
  • Cynthia Wall Principal Planner
  • Ralph Willmer (FAICP) Principal Planner & Technical Assistance Program Manager
  • Carlos Montanez Principal Planner
  • Josh Fiala (AICP, AIA, LEED AP) Principal Planner
  • Chris Kuschel (AICP) Senior Regional Planner
  • Joe Sacchi Regional Land Use Planner
  • Courtney Lewis Regional Land Use Planner
  • Betsy Cowan Chief of Economic Development
  • Steve Winter Principal Economic Development Planner
  • Josh Eichen Regional Planner II
  • Raul Gonzalez Economic Development Planner
  • Karina Milchman Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Development
  • Alexis Smith Senior Regional Housing and Land Use Planner
  • Alex Koppelman (AICP) Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II
  • Mark Fine Director of Municipal Collaboration
  • Amy Reilly Assistant Director of Municipal Collaboration
  • Marjorie Weinberger Procurement Services Manager & Senior Counsel
  • Laurie Zivkovich (Associate MCPPO) Municipal Services Specialist
  • Austin Murray Grants Management Coordinator
  • Caroline Graham Program and Grant Management Coordinator
  • Adam Ferreira Grants Management Intern
  • Elizabeth Roberts Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) Manager
  • Dan Witts HMCC Planning and Operations Coordinator
  • Barry Keppard (AICP) Public Health Director
  • Heidi Stucker Assistant Director of Public Health
  • Sharon Ron Public Health Research Analyst
  • Jeanette Pantoja Public Health Planner
  • Eric Hove Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Emily Torres-Cullinane Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Ben Faust Senior Policy Analyst
  • Carolina Prieto Community Engagement Specialist II
  • Elizabeth Grobbel Regional Planner
  • Iolando Spinola Community Engagement Specialist
  • Christian Brandt Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Eric Bourassa Transportation Director
  • Sarah Kurpiel Lee Assistant Director of Transportation
  • Alison Felix (AICP) Senior Transportation Planner & Emerging Technologies Specialist
  • Travis Pollack (AICP) Senior Transportation Planner
  • David Loutzenheiser Senior Transportation Planner
  • Kasia Hart Transportation Policy and Planning Specialist
  • Liana Banuelos Transportation Planner I


  • ACTON Joan Gardner
  • ARLINGTON Jennifer Raitt
  • Arlington (alternate) Allison Carter
  • ASHLAND Yolanda Greaves
  • BEDFORD Sandra Hackman
  • Bedford (alternate) Margot Fleischman
  • BELLINGHAM James Kupfer
  • BELMONT Jeffrey Wheeler
  • BEVERLY vacant
  • BOLTON vacant
  • BOSTON John Barros
  • Boston (alternate) Andrew Grace
  • Boxborough (alternate) John Markiewicz
  • BRAINTREE James N. Downey
  • Braintree (alternate) Christine Stickney
  • BROOKLINE Alison Steinfeld
  • Brookline (alternate) Kara Brewton
  • BURLINGTON Kristin Kassner
  • Burlington (alternate) Josh Morris
  • CAMBRIDGE Jeff Roberts
  • Cambridge (alternate) Bill Deignan
  • CANTON Laura Smead
  • CARLISLE vacant
  • CHELSEA John DePriest
  • Chelsea (alternate) Lad Dell
  • COHASSET Christopher Senior
  • Cohasset (alternate) Clark Brewer
  • CONCORD vacant
  • DANVERS Aaron Henry
  • Danvers (alternate) vacant
  • DEDHAM John Sisson
  • DOVER vacant
  • DUXBURY Valerie Massard
  • Duxbury (alternate) George Wadsworth
  • ESSEX Peter Phippen
  • EVERETT Tony M. Sousa
  • Everett (alternate) Marzie Galazka
  • FOXBOROUGH Paige E. Duncan
  • Framingham (alternate) Arthur Robert
  • FRANKLIN Jamie Hellen
  • GLOUCESTER vacant
  • HAMILTON vacant
  • HANOVER Joseph Colangelo
  • HINGHAM David Alschuler
  • HOLBROOK Timothy J. Gordon
  • HOLLISTON vacant
  • HOPKINTON Claire Wright
  • Hopkinton (alternate) Elaine Lazarus
  • HUDSON Jack Hunter
  • Hudson (alternate) Kristina Johnson
  • HULL Jennifer Berardi-Constable
  • IPSWICH John Stanbury
  • Ipswich (alternate) William Paulitz
  • LEXINGTON Richard Canale
  • Lexington (alternate) Aaron Henry
  • LINCOLN vacant
  • LITTLETON Keith Bergman
  • LYNN James Marsh
  • LYNNFIELD vacant
  • MALDEN Deborah A. Burke
  • MARBLEHEAD Steve Leverone
  • Marblehead (alternate) Rebecca Curran Cutting
  • MARLBOROUGH vacant
  • MARSHFIELD vacant
  • MAYNARD Chris DiSilva
  • MEDFIELD Sarah Raposa
  • MEDFORD Lauren DiLorenzo
  • Medford (alternate) Clodagh Stoker-Long
  • MEDWAY Barbara Saint Andre
  • MELROSE Denise Gaffey
  • MIDDLETON Andrew J. Sheehan
  • Middleton (alternate) Katrina O'Leary
  • MILFORD vacant
  • MILLIS vacant
  • MILTON Taber Keally
  • NAHANT Allison Ackerman
  • NATICK James Errickson
  • Natick (alternate) Joshua Ostroff
  • NEEDHAM Maurice Handel
  • Needham (alternate) vacant
  • NEWTON James Freas
  • Newton (alternate) Rachel Blatt
  • NORFOLK Richard McCarthy
  • NORTH READING Danielle McKnight
  • North Reading (alternate) Michael P. Gilleberto
  • NORWELL Jason Brown
  • NORWOOD Thomas O'Rourke
  • PEABODY Curt Bellavance
  • PEMBROKE vacant
  • QUINCY Frank A. Tramontozzo
  • Quincy (alternate) James Fatseas
  • RANDOLPH vacant
  • READING Steven Sadwick
  • Reading (alternate) Jean Delios
  • REVERE Techrosette Leng
  • ROCKLAND vacant
  • ROCKPORT Edward Hand
  • SALEM vacant
  • SAUGUS Janette Fasano
  • SCITUATE vacant
  • Scituate (alternate) Albert Bangert
  • SHARON Susan Price
  • SHERBORN Marian Neutra
  • SOMERVILLE Joseph A. Curtatone
  • Somerville (alternate) George Proakis
  • SOUTHBOROUGH Kathleen Bartolini
  • STONEHAM Erin Wortman
  • Stoneham (alternate) Rachel Meredith Warren
  • STOUGHTON Louis Gitto
  • Stoughton (alternate) Pamela McCarthy
  • STOW Jesse Steadman
  • SUDBURY vacant
  • SWAMPSCOTT Pete Kane
  • Swampscott (alternate) Angela Ippolito
  • TOPSFIELD vacant
  • WAKEFIELD Paul DiNocco
  • Wakefield (alternate) Paul Reavis
  • WALPOLE Timothy Higgins
  • Walpole (alternate) James Johnson
  • WALTHAM Catherine Cagle
  • WATERTOWN Steven T. Magoon
  • WAYLAND Mary M. Antes
  • WELLESLEY Ellen F. Gibbs
  • WENHAM Peter Lombardi
  • WESTON Imaikalani Aiu
  • WESTWOOD Steve Olanoff
  • Westwood (alternate) David L. Atkins, Jr.
  • WEYMOUTH Robert L. Hedlund
  • Weymouth (alternate) Karl V. Edsall
  • WILMINGTON Valarie J. Gingrich
  • WINCHESTER Brian Szekely
  • WINTHROP Joe Domelowicz
  • WOBURN Tina Cassidy
  • Woburn (alternate) Dan Orr
  • WRENTHAM John Charbonneau
  • Wrentham (alternate) Jerome McGovern
  • GUBERNATORIAL Shirronda Almeida
  • GUBERNATORIAL Zamawa Arenas
  • GUBERNATORIAL Karen Canfield
  • GUBERNATORIAL Maria Sol Carbonnel
  • GUBERNATORIAL Kelley Chunn
  • GUBERNATORIAL Robert N. Cohen
  • GUBERNATORIAL Richard A. Dimino
  • GUBERNATORIAL Jon A. Fetherston
  • GUBERNATORIAL Daniel Garcia-DeCoteau
  • GUBERNATORIAL Gina Martinez
  • GUBERNATORIAL Mathilda S. McGee-Tubb
  • GUBERNATORIAL Dylan O’Sullivan
  • GUBERNATORIAL Richard L. Pilla
  • GUBERNATORIAL Samuel Seidel
  • GUBERNATORIAL Stephen J. Silveira
  • GUBERNATORIAL Ramani Sripada
  • GUBERNATORIAL Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt
  • GUBERNATORIAL William J. Tinti
  • GUBERNATORIAL Samuel S. Wong
  • Massport Hayes Morrison
  • MBTA Jessica Casey
  • MassDOT David Mohler
  • DCR Leo Roy
  • EOHED Juan R. Vega
  • MWRA Vandana Rao
  • Mass Highway John Bechard
  • Mass DHCD Elaine Wijnja
  • DEP Stephanie Cooper
  • BPDA Lauren Shurtleff
  • Boston Public Works Chris Osgood
  • Boston Water & Sewer Sean Canty

Inner Core Committee

The ICC consists of representatives from twenty-one of the metropolitan area’s innermost communities: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton,* Needham, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown and Winthrop. The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council are also voting members of the Committee.

MetroWest Regional Collaborative

The MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) serves the MetroWest region of Eastern Cochituate Aqueducts, Natick, Mass.Massachusetts, from I-95 to I-495 along the Route 9 corridor. MWRC serves as a think tank and advocate for locally initiated regional solutions to policy and planning challenges shared by MetroWest communities.

Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination

Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) is a group of thirteen communities northwest of Boston working collaboratively on issues of regional concern. Established as a growth management committee in 1984, it has become a respected voice in regional decision-making. MAGIC consists of representatives from the following thirteen communities: Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury.

North Shore Task Force

The North Shore Task Force (NSTF) is a group of 16 communities north of Boston working collaboratively on regional issues. The goal of NSTF is to cooperate with, and to assist, each member municipality in coordinating its planning and economic development so as to obtain maximum benefits for the North Shore district. NSTF communities include Beverly,Danvers,Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham.

North Suburban Planning Council

The North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC) is composed of eight towns and one city that have formed a voluntary association to facilitate cooperative regional planning. NSPC membership includes town managers and administrators, planning staff, and members of Planning Boards and Boards of Selectmen from the following nine communities: Burlington, Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.

South Shore Coalition

The South Shore Coalition subregion comprises 13 towns on the South Shore within the metropolitan Boston area. The towns are Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate and Weymouth. The South Shore Coalition (SCC) consists of member positions, one for each of the 13 municipalities.

SouthWest Advisory Planning Committee

The SouthWest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP) is comprised of up to twenty members representing ten communities southwest of Boston. The purpose of SWAP is to foster joint and cooperative action concerning transportation, land use, economic development, housing, historic preservation, water resources and the environment. Informed and active cooperation among neighboring communities helps to serve the needs of residents, businesses, commuters and local governments. SWAP's membership consists of the following towns: Bellingham, Dover, Franklin, Hopkinton, Medway, Milford, Millis, Norfolk, Sherborn and Wrentham.

Three Rivers Interlocal Council

The Three Rivers Interlocal Council is composed of thirteen communities south of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood. Three Rivers takes its name from the three major rivers in the sub-region: the Neponset, Charles, and Canoe Rivers.


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