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William Dorfman

Economic Development Planner II

Department: Land Use – Economic Development
Email: wdorfman@mapc.org


Biography:

Will Dorfman joined MAPC’s Economic Development team in April 2021. In his role, Will assists the Land Use department in providing technical assistance to municipalities for their downtown and Main Street revitalization strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to working at MAPC, Will served as Director of Economic Development with the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, a business improvement district, where he worked with local businesses, property owners, and Baltimore City agencies to help spur the revitalization of downtown Baltimore. During this time, Will served as a Co-Chair for UrbanPlan with the Urban Land Institute, a program that is designed to teach the fundamentals of real estate development to students, elected officials, and community members.

Prior to Will’s time in Baltimore, will interned for Congressman Brad Sherman of California where he assisted his work on the House Financial Services Committee. He also worked for the Community Legal Aid Society in Wilmington, DE where he helped conduct research and provided mapping data for a housing discrimination case in New Castle County, Delaware.

Will received a Bachelor’s from the University of Delaware in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in Economics. As an undergraduate Will served as a fellow with the University’s Center for Historic Architecture and Design where he researched the history of land use and transportation planning in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Areas of expertise: Downtown and corridor revitalization, urban and regional planning, land use, zoning, transportation policy, real estate development, market and demographic research, geographic information systems, data analysis, civic engagement, policy analysis.