Emma Battaglia

Senior Housing and Land Use Planner

Department: Land Use – Housing


Emma Battaglia joined MAPC’s Housing Division as a Senior Housing & Land Use Planner in September 2021. With expertise in municipal planning, Affordable Housing programming, and graphic design, she assists cities and towns in addressing their housing challenges through tailored planning and strategizing, creative communications, and stakeholder engagement. She oversees housing production plans, strategic financial plans, redevelopment visions and procurement processes, zoning analyses, and more to help communities become more inclusive and equitable places.

Prior to joining MAPC’s housing team, Emma worked as a Senior Planner for the City of Melrose. In this role, she internally managed planning and community development projects, provided staff support and technical assistance to local boards and commissions, crafted new zoning amendments to advance smart growth and Affordable Housing priorities, and coordinated the City’s Affordable Housing activities as the Melrose representative on the North Suburban Consortium. Before her time in Melrose, Emma worked at MAPC as a Regional Land Use Planner, managing master plans, open space plans, and hazard mitigation plans and serving as South Shore Coalition Coordinator.

Emma holds a Master of Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where her studies focused on designing for climate resiliency. She also holds a Bachelor of Natural Resources from Cornell University.

Areas of expertise: land use planning, zoning, municipal planning and governance, Affordable Housing programming, graphic design, urban design, GIS mapping