Economic Development Planner I
Jenn Kaplan joined MAPC’s Economic Development team in July 2019. She is particularly interested in the intersection of climate resilience and economic development with an emphasis on equitable participatory processes that help explore options for communities. Jenn’s recent projects include the Small Business Plan for the City of Quincy, the Topsfield Downtown Revitalization Plan, and the economic development section of the Boston Latin Quarter Cultural District Plan.
Prior to joining MAPC, Jenn worked at Boston Harbor Now researching precedents for floodproofing buildings for future sea level rise in Boston and assisting with the development of a master plan for one of the Boston Harbor Islands. She also worked for EnviroIssues in Seattle, coordinating strategic communications, outreach campaigns, and presentations for large-scale public infrastructure projects with various stakeholders such as the Seattle Seawall project.
Jenn holds a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Landscape Studies from Smith College. She wrote her Master’s Thesis on the role that planners could play in supporting the engagement of youth in the economic and social reconstruction of cities that have undergone disaster in the Tohoku Region of Japan.
Areas of Expertise: Economic data analysis, community engagement, youth civic outreach, municipal resiliency and adaptation, land use and zoning