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Liana Banuelos

Transportation Planner I

Department: Transportation
Email: lbanuelos@mapc.org


Biography:

Liana joined MAPC in fall 2018 and focuses on transportation policy and planning projects; specifically transportation finance, climate resiliency, and parking studies. She has worked in the Boston Metro Area for MassDOT, BPDA, and MAPC on issues of climate change adaptation, community development, and vulnerability planning. As part of the transportation planning team, Liana conducts transportation finance policy research, integrates climate change resiliency considerations into larger planning efforts, supports Perfect Fit Parking through data collection and analysis, and provides technical assistance to communities.

During her time at MIT, Liana researched climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency, with particular focus on transportation and economic development. Collaborating with MassDOT, her thesis synthesized best practices for institutionalizing climate resiliency across transportation domains from other state DOTs and regional transportation agencies. Using these findings, she recommended next steps for implementing an agency-wide adaptation strategy to overcome preexisting and potential barriers to institutionalization. Prior to her work for the DOT, Liana interned at Enterprise Community Partners and the Boston Planning and Development Agency, evaluating strategic development projects for historically underserved communities. From Baltimore to Dorchester, these projects emphasized community generated wealth, local benefits, and positive environmental outcomes. Liana also previously interned with the MAPC’s environment team, where she identified coastal climate adaptation strategies, inventoried low impact development, and researched the integration of vulnerable populations into climate planning.

Liana holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies and Planning and a master’s degree in City Planning from MIT.

Areas of expertise: Climate change adaptation and resiliency, community development, policy research and analysis, civic engagement