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Amy Stitely accepts position as Director of Public Housing Policy and Program Development for Massachusetts

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CoLab staffer, Amy Stitely, has recently accepted a new position as the Director of Public Housing Policy and Program Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

In her new position, Amy will work with the Associate Director and Bureau of Public Housing senior staff to create specialized programs to preserve, modernize, and "green" state-supported housing developments. She will also collaborate with the Director of the Bureau of Rental Assistance to implement economic mobility and support service programs for eligible residents.

Amy joined CoLab in the Spring of 2009 as the Green Hub U.S. Program Director. Recently her title was changed to Program Director of U.S. Sustainability Partnerships. In this capacity, Amy has spent the last three years working with local and national partners to promote healthy, vibrant communities that are life-sustaining and just. She facilitated connections among MIT researchers, community-based leaders, government leaders, and private entrepreneurs to support emerging green economic development models. Her CoLab projects focused on community resilience and sustainability, particularly within the energy, housing, and healthcare sectors (see Emerald Cities Collaborative, Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, EE2020, Housing Reconstruction in Haiti, New Orleans Fellowship Program and CoLaborative Thesis Project).

Prior to joining CoLab, Amy acted as a project manager for various architecture, planning, and development initiatives in Seattle and New England. She managed a public housing capital needs assessment for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development; led a research team studying the neighborhood effects of foreclosure in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts; and drafted the first 23 target neighborhood redevelopment plans for the Office of Recovery Management in New Orleans.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.

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