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Christian Brandt

Community Engagement Coordinator

Department: Strategic Initiatives
Email: cbrandt@mapc.org


Biography:

Christian joined the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in November 2018 as a Community Engagement Coordinator. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Christian supports local and regional projects that engage community groups, coalitions, local officials, and businesses.

As part of the Community Engagement team, Christian supports MAPC’s project managers with hands-on outreach activities, planning public events, designing and facilitating public meetings, and mobilizing new and existing allies for particular projects. In particular, Christian works to ensure that under-represented groups are included in planning processes.

Prior to joining MAPC, Christian was a graduate assistant for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department’s Housing Division, where he worked on policy and data analysis for the Inclusionary Housing Rental Program. From 2014 to 2016, Christian worked as a case manager for FamilyAid Boston, a family emergency homeless shelter, and from 2013 to 2014 he was a service coordinator at Community Access, Inc., a supportive housing program in New York City. In both positions, Christian guided participants through complex public benefit systems, assisted them in finding and applying for various housing opportunities, and connected them to outside resources and service providers. 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.

Areas of expertise: community engagement, public outreach, organizational collaboration, meeting facilitation, housing policy