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, where she manages the Center’s work on housing for older adults. She was lead author on Older Households 2015-2035: Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population (2016) as well as Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population (2014). Jennifer’s work also touches on land use regulation, multifamily housing, and family-sized housing supply. She was a co-editor of the 2014 book Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis. Jennifer is also a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Prior to joining the Joint Center, Jennifer 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.