Interim Executive Director
Rebecca Davis has worked with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council since 2008, serving as the agency’s Deputy Director since 2015. As Deputy Director, Ms. Davis oversees the agency’s operations and finance departments, policy and communications work, climate and municipal governance functions, and works across all departments to implement MAPC’s strategic priorities in alignment with the agency’s visionary regional plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Rebecca served as Director of both the Government Affairs and Clean Energy teams at MAPC. As Government Affairs Director, she developed and led MAPC’s legislative agenda both at the state and federal level, including zoning reform legislation, transportation funding, and energy and environmental initiatives. She also served as the legislative director for the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA), the organization of all 13 regional planning agencies in the state. As the head of MAPC’s Clean Energy Division, Ms. Davis oversaw all of MAPC’s clean energy work and focused on promoting local and state policies that support the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at the local level.She also served on the Governor Baker’s Future of Transportation Commission, the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee and the Green Communities Advisory Commission.
Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Davis worked in the Massachusetts State House as Legislative Director to State Senator Robert O’Leary, where she worked on the passage of numerous environmental laws, including the Massachusetts Oceans Act, the nation’s first ocean management legislation and the Green Communities Act, creating policy to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development. Ms. Davis has experience working on numerous political campaigns, most recently serving as the Campaign Manager for a Congressional race.
Ms. Davis is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions.
Areas of Expertise: Legislative advocacy, energy policy, municipal government, environmental policy, transportation policy