Christian Brandt, AICP
Planner and Community Engagement Specialist II
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 AICP certified.
Areas of Expertise:
- Comphrensive engagement strategy design
- Qualitative method design and analysis, including interviews, focus groups, surveys, observations
- Community engagement for housing and zoning
- Collaboration with community partners
- Participation deign for planning
- Digital event design, facilitation, and technical support
Areas of Interest:
- Participatory action research and planning
- Community empowerment in planning
- Community and organizational partnership development
- Community organizing for planning
- Racial equity and inclusion
- Digital engagement tools
- Asynchronous and hybrid engagement design