Eric Bourassa is the Director of the Transportation Division at MAPC. He has been with the organization since 2009 and manages all aspects of the agency’s transportation planning, transportation technical assistance to municipalities, and regional and statewide transportation policy initiatives.
Mr. Bourassa oversees an interdisciplinary team of planners that conduct regional transportation studies, provide technical assistance to municipalities, and research critical policy issues facing Greater Boston. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). In this role Mr. Bourassa works alongside planning staff from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MBTA, Central Transportation Planning Staff, City of Boston, and other agencies and municipalities to develop a transportation vision for Greater Boston—from public transit to pedestrian/bicycle needs to roadway projects—and then dedicate federal and state funding to specific transportation improvements.
Prior to joining MAPC, Mr. Bourassa managed the transportation advocacy program for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) where he lead a grassroots effort for better transportation funding in the Commonwealth and authored several reports on transportation finance and policy. He began his career as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader working with a small Community Development Corporation in Boston’s South End on affordable housing issues. Most recently he served on the Town of Arlington’s Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Mr. Bourassa holds a Masters degree in American Civilization from Brown University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Dickinson College, and has training in facilitation and facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change.
Areas of Expertise: Transportation planning, transportation policy and finance, bicycle sharing systems, parking policy, transit oriented development, value capture, transportation demand management, community engagement, public meeting facilitation, project management, and staff and organizational development.