Community Engagement


What We Do

We Make Things Happen

Done right, community engagement builds trust – even when consensus is out of reach. It brings fresh thinking, new voices, and creates a more informed and involved public. Decisions made with the public are better decisions, and better accepted.

But the reality of crafting and running an engagement process can be overwhelming. It takes a methodical, data-driven strategy, ease with all kinds of stakeholder groups, and a knack for making it easy and fun to get people involved.

MAPC brings award-winning community engagement to your project. We seek people out and draw them in, even from groups that tend to be hard to reach and engage. That means new ideas, new participants, and plans with wider support. We work to make data, tradeoffs, and the entire planning process inclusive, clear, and accessible to all. With our regional lens and deep connections with diverse networks and partners your projects are sure to be a success.

Check out our latest Resource

Shared Practices for Engagement in Virtual Meetings


To discuss how your project can benefit from our community engagement expertise, contact Co-Director of Strategic Initiatives Emily Torres-Cullinane at or 617-933-0735.


Sometimes you need an extra pair of hands. We can support you to assist in getting you through projects that need more community engagement at the peak times

  • Community engagement strategy for your project
  • In-language focus groups
  • Meeting design and facilitation
  • Coordination of interpretation and translation
  • Interactive activities for your public participation projects
  • Connecting with hard to reach populations


Trainings / Workshops

  • 5 Elements of Successful Community Engagement
  • Community Engagement Tools and Practices
  • Meeting Design and Facilitation
  • Data Supported Stakeholder Analysis
  • Messaging for Engagement
  • Cultural Competency


Product Development

  • Communications materials, messaging, and social media
  • Engaging, interactive websites



  • Polling keypads, tabletop projectors
  • Interpretation equipment
  • Event photo booth and other engagement activities/games


“I gained invaluable community development skills…[One way] I’ll apply it to my work is through better utilizing the purposes for community engagement to better determine what I’m trying to get out of a project” 

Training Participant

“No matter what I end up doing, I know I will be working with people in some form, and a group of people is a community, so these skills are invaluable in any group based work. “

Training Participant

“I didn’t really know what to expect but found it very helpful in how to make meetings more dynamic, engaging and interesting”

Training Participant

“This helped me see where our work is in the scheme of things, since we haven’t had a physical plan, and it helped me know how to organize what we’re doing into a plan that we can follow and track.”

Training Participant



Institute on Leadership in Equity and Development (ILEAD)

The Institute on Leadership in Equity and Development (ILEAD) is a training to learn how to identify and solve sustainable and equitable development issues in communities, especially those in under-served communities. Through this training, ILEAD will equip individuals and communities them with the tools they need to become powerful advocates within their community.

MAPC, Action for Regional Equity, and the Mel King Institute at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations will partner to develop and deliver the training curriculum.

MAPC, Action! and MACDC will use their networks of member community-based organizations to recruit partner host organizations to reach out to their respective members and hold the trainings. While the program will start with only a few sites, it will grow as the curriculum and outreach modes are refined and a track record of success is established.

The training curriculum will include interactive activities and work-shopping in three areas:

  1. Sustainable and Equitable Development & A Regional Approach
  2. The Planning & Development Process in Your City
  3. Skills to Advocate for Equitable Development in Planning Processes

This project supports MetroFuture’s Sustainable Growth Patterns, Housing Choices, Healthy Communities, and Transportation Choices goals for the region.

Lectures and Walking Tours

The MetroFuture Walks & Talks are a series of tours and speaking events that relate to the goals and objectives of the MetroFuture regional plan.

Check the Calendar for upcoming Walks & Talks

Emily Torres-Cullinane
Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives |