Director of Community Engagement
Emily Torres-Cullinane, has almost two decades of experience in municipal and federal government, community engagement and political strategic planning in Greater Boston. She cares deeply about the empowerment of people, particularly with the goals of amplifying diverse voices, building civic social infrastructure and increasing the capacity of decision makers to have stronger connections with the communities they represent. She is a proud first-generation Latina with Colombian roots and a lifelong resident of Massachusetts raising a young family in the Greater Boston area.
As the Director of Community Engagement at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, she is responsible for operationalizing equitable community engagement practices and overseeing agency-wide strategic engagement of the long-range Regional Plan, MetroCommon. She provides technical assistance to the 101 cities and towns in MetroBoston. Additionally, she manages MAPC’s Subregional program that convenes a cross-sector of municipal leaders, institutions and allied organizations from the region. Ms. Torres-Cullinane has co-created strategic frameworks and tools that are utilized by practitioners locally and nationally. She has created numerous public participation processes throughout the region with a focus on equity and inclusion. Ms. Torres-Cullinane garners community involvement and spreads awareness on MAPC’s planning work with innovative, inclusive and engaging meeting planning. Focuses on partnerships with grassroot organizations and is experienced in stakeholder analysis at the local, regional, and state levels. She has also led a series of leadership and facilitation trainings and workshops with local constituents.
Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Torres-Cullinane was a Partnership Specialist for the Census Bureau developing and implementing public awareness campaigns . Specifically, she worked with local non-profit organizations serving the Latino community and academic institutions throughout New England and Puerto Rico. Previously she worked in International Humanitarian Assistance as an Event Planner and Program Coordinator for the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. And, she grew up working for a family run niche tourism business based out of Boston, Don Quijote Tours, serving Spanish, Portuguese and Italian speaking clientele from across the globe.
Ms. Torres-Cullinane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a Minor in Spanish at Suffolk University. She is an Interaction Institute for Social Change certified facilitator and a graduate of YW Boston’s LeadBoston Program, the Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership and the Commonwealth Seminar. Emily has served on the Steering Committee for the Mel King Institute for a decade and recently joined the Town of Canton’s Energy Advisory Committee.