Karina Oliver-Milchman, AICP

Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Development

Department: Land Use – Housing
Phone: 617-933-0738


Karina Oliver-Milchman, AICP, joined MAPC in 2014. She works in the Land Use Department as Chief of Housing and Neighborhood Development, managing the Housing Division. Ms. Oliver-Milchman’s efforts focus on expanding and diversifying the region’s housing supply to advance local goals and the regional equity priorities set forth in MAPC’s MetroFuture plan. This includes providing direct housing and planning technical assistance to municipalities and contributing expertise to inform the agency’s legislative priorities at the state and federal levels. Ms. Oliver-Milchman works closely with towns and cities to design Housing Production Plans, town center plans, and eTOD plans; conduct market analyses; investigate local housing concerns; and develop implementable strategies to realize their smart growth objectives. Her areas of expertise are issues of neighborhood change, barriers to affordability and housing production, and retrofitting suburbia.

Prior to joining MAPC, Karina contributed several pieces to “Affordable New York: A Century of Housing Activism in New York City” (edited by Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Yale University Press). Ms. Oliver-Milchman also researched and wrote “Student Housing Patterns in the Fenway: A report on the pressures of university expansion on neighborhood housing stock” for the Fenway CDC in Boston, which the CDC used as an advocacy tool. Ms. Oliver-Milchman also worked with CoLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to launch URBAN (Urban Research-Based Action Network), a national network of planning scholars and practitioners designed to facilitate collaboration and coordinate needs.

Ms. Oliver-Milchman holds a Master in City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design from MIT. There, she completed mixed-income development proposals and neighborhood plans for public and private clients. Her graduate research explores publicly subsidized middle-income affordable housing in high-cost urban markets, with a focus on NYC. She is a Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Areas of Expertise: Affordable housing, middle-income housing, land use and zoning, eTOD, neighborhood change and gentrification, urban design, project management