Regional Housing and Land Use Planner
Francis Goyes has been with MAPC since October 2017 as a Regional Housing and Land Use Planner. Her work has to do with increasing equity in the region through affordable housing and land use planning. She collaborates with towns and cities to design Housing Production Plans, conduct market analyses, and develop place-based strategies for smart growth; in addition to researching innovative methods to increase affordable housing in the region through design interventions and alternative affordability models for low- and middle-income housing.
Francis is working closely with the towns of Stoneham and Winchester to create their Housing Production Plans. She is also collaborating with the South West Advisory Planning Committee and the Three Rivers Interlocal Council to promote smaller housing typologies such as cottage housing, accessory dwelling units, and tiny houses. In addition, Francis is working with the Regional Housing Services Office to research and propose a Payment in Lieu of Units system, as well as with the City of Somerville to find alternative housing programs for the promotion of middle-income housing.
Prior to joining MAPC as a Regional Housing and Land Use Planner, she worked as a Housing Analyst with The World Bank in Indonesia. There she worked on the country’s National Affordable Housing Program, focusing on finding innovative solutions to supply more affordable housing for the formal and informal low-income households. While studying for her Master in City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Francis was a research assistant with Prof. Lawrence Vale’s Resilient Cities Housing Initiative, where she conducted socioeconomic research and analysis on Colombia’s new large-scale affordable housing projects. Prior to attending MIT, Francis collaborated on numerous planning and architecture projects in Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, including the design of a new community center in the city of Springfield and an economic revitalization plan for the H.H. Richardson Station in Holyoke. Francis has also collaborated on a variety of community, housing and urban development projects in California, New York, Mexico, Ecuador, Guyana, and Jordan.
Francis received her Masters in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for her undergraduate education, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and a minor in Environmental Design in 2013.
Areas of Expertise: Affordable housing, middle-income housing, land use and zoning, policy design, urban design, architecture