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Lydia Slocum

Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II

Department: Land Use – Housing
Email: lslocum@mapc.org
Phone: 617-933-0733


Biography:

Lydia Slocum joined MAPC in 2021 as a Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II. With MAPC’s housing team, she works with municipalities to expand housing opportunity and diversity across the Greater Boston region. She prepares local Housing Production Plans (HPPs) and works to implement housing recommendations from these and a variety of other plans. Her work includes developing Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals for housing development, assessing financial feasibility for different development scenarios, and rezoning efforts.

Lydia comes to MAPC with a background in Affordable Housing development, engagement in land use policy, and racial equity training. Prior to joining MAPC, she worked for six years at the nonprofit Housing Development Center in Portland, Oregon, where she assisted nonprofits and housing authorities to build and maintain over 500 affordable homes for families and individuals. As a Finance Project Manager, she prepared competitive funding applications, built and maintained project operating and capital budgets, and negotiated financing terms with project funders. Communicating project information to housing providers, service partners, funders, construction teams, and neighbors was a crucial aspect of this work.

Lydia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Public Policy program at the Heller School of Brandeis University, where she is focused on the intersection of housing and land use policy with racial and regional equity. She has completed training in diversity, equity, and inclusion facilitation, which continues to support and enhance all aspects of her work. Lydia is a proud Massachusetts native and is thrilled to be back studying and working in New England.

Areas of expertise: Affordable Housing policy and programs; housing development finance; policy analysis.