Jennifer Molinsky

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Jennifer Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Design. Jennifer manages the Joint Center’s research on urban planning and land use policy as it relates to housing, including issues of land use regulation, design of the built environment, the implications of demographic trends for land using planning and design, and the intersection of land use planning and concerns about housing affordability, health, environmental sustainability, access to employment opportunities, and community safety and stability. She is a co-editor of the recent book, Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis (2014).

Jennifer has experience in urban planning from the research, municipal, nonprofit, and citizen planning perspectives, having served as Chief Planner for Long Range Planning in Newton, MA; researcher at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Associate Director of Issues at the Municipal Art Society of New York, and as a member of the Planning Board in Cambridge as well as other local planning committees. Jennifer has also held positions with Abt Associates and with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ government housing finance practice, where she worked on projects related to housing finance, affordable housing, and community development. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT, a Masters of Public Affairs-Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and a B.A. from Yale.