Manisha Bewtra

Manisha Gadia Bewtra, AICP is a creative city planner who convenes cross-sector partners to invest in the places they treasure. Her expertise ranges from the on-the-ground perspective offered by block-by-block neighborhood revitalization as well as the big-picture perspective offered by regional planning.

Her professional experience includes planning, community development, downtown revitalization, housing, and historic preservation work in the Greater Boston region, the Phoenix metropolitan area, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. She is currently a Senior Regional Planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, where she has designed and overseen innovative planning projects including a downtown visioning project in Lynn, Massachusetts, which resulted in a web-based plan for action available at, and a corridor management plan for the Battle Road Scenic Byway, a collaborative effort along the historic corridor where the American Revolution began.

Bewtra serves as the Boston Region Representative for the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter. She is the Marketing Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors for Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Alliance – Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism, a group convened by the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.

She frequently serves as a conference panelist and lecturer. She has given presentations at the American Planning Association, Southern New England American Planning Association, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors conferences, and has been a panelist and lecturer in various university settings as well as for the Mel King Institute for Community Building.

She holds a certificate in Essential Facilitation from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and graduated from two political leadership programs, the Massachusetts Commonwealth Seminar and the Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. She has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art from the University of Iowa.