Christian Brandt, AICP

Planner and Community Engagement Specialist I

Department: Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 617-933-0796


Christian joined the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in November 2018 as a Community Engagement Coordinator and is now a Planner and Community Engagement Specialist I.

On the Community Engagement Team, Christian works with MAPC staff to design and implement comprehensive community engagement strategies for the agency’s projects. This work often includes creating hands-on outreach activities, planning public events, designing and facilitating public meetings and focus group, and mobilizing new and existing allies for particular projects. Across every project, Christian’s focus is to create opportunities for participatory, collaborative, and meaningful community engagement and community self-determination in urban planning. Christian uses his planning education and background in case management to ensure that engagement opportunities are just, accessible, and empowering and that stakeholders feel they have a voice in their community’s future.

Prior to joining MAPC, Christian interned for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department’s Housing Division and worked a Case Manager for homeless families and people with mental health diagnoses in both Boston and New York City. Christian has also worked as an affordable housing tenant organizer and facilitated community group meetings in Union Square, Somerville, where he lives.

Christian holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A in Anthropology from Dartmouth College, where he was a 2011 Truman Scholar for Idaho. In addition, Christian is a registered Massachusetts Public Notary and a member of the Planners Network. Christian is an AICP certified.

Areas of expertise: community engagement, participatory planning, organizational collaboration, meeting facilitation, communicating housing and zoning policy, public outreach