Ben Forman Research Director, MassINC
Benjamin Forman is MassINC’s research director. He coordinates the development of the organization’s research agenda and oversees production of research reports. Ben has authored a number of MassINC publications and he speaks frequently to organizations and media across Massachusetts. With a background in urban revitalization and sustainable growth and development, he is uniquely suited to the organization’s focus on strong communities and economic security.
Prior to joining MassINC in 2008, Ben oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, a large agency providing critical services to youth and families in neighborhoods throughout the city. He also worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, DC and Nathan Associates, a global economic development consulting firm.
As a graduate student, Ben was awarded a Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship and served in the City of New Bedford’s planning department. He also worked as a graduate research assistant on a multi-year longitudinal analysis measuring the impact of new information technologies on neighborhood social networks.
Ben graduated from Trinity College, Hartford in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2004, he completed his master’s degree in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Boston with his wife Anne and two daughters, Eloise and Cecily.
ARTICLES By Ben Forman
Early College as a Scalable Solution to the Looming Workforce Crisis
Getting Question 1 Right: Investment Options for Equity in Public Higher Education
Three Ideas to Boost Gateway Cities’ Housing Production
Ben Forman featured in Banker & Tradesman
New Data Shows Early College is Delivering as Promised for Massachusetts
A Gateway Cities Strategy for the Healey–Driscoll Administration
Transition Briefing Memorandum
Social Infrastructure: Towards More Walkable, Resilient, and Inclusive Gateway Cities
State laws to blame for lack of minority contracting
Ben Forman featured in CommonWealth Magazine
Empowering Cities to Accelerate Equitable Growth
A State Policy Blueprint for Inclusive Municipal Contracting