Llyr Johansen Communications Director, MassINC

As Communications Director, Llyr Johansen is responsible for developing and implementing effective communication strategies that advance MassINC’s mission to help, “move the best ideas, supported by hard data, into public policy that provides a ladder to the middle class for Massachusetts residents.” Prior to his appointment, Llyr served MassINC as Digital Director as well as Online Communications and Development Strategist.

Before moving to Boston, Llyr made his mark in Hollywood as a production professional in the trenches of the film industry. There, he worked on the sets of numerous big-budget films including Inception, Shutter Island, The Dark Knight, and Zero Dark Thirty. During this time he volunteered, working on one Congressional and two Presidential races, engaging the community, canvassing, and managing get-out-the-vote operations. Prior to his work in Los Angeles, he served as a finance professional for Morgan Stanley and Raymond James Financial.

A Boulder native, Llyr holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


ARTICLES By Llyr Johansen

The MassINC Polling Group Announces Launch of MPG Media

Media, communications services will augment opinion research

Boston, MA – MassINC and The MassINC Polling Group (MPG) are excited to launch their new in-house media group, MPG Media. The new division offers public, private, and social-sector clients a suite of digital storytelling services, including photography and videography, messaging and distribution, and social media strategy and web design. Ahead of its official launch,

New study to identify strategies to spur growth by increasing mobility

MassINC-led research will focus on leveraging existing Gateway City transportation assets

Boston – MassINC—a nonpartisan think-tank that has vigorously advocated for state investment in Gateway Cities over the years—has launched a new initiative aimed at better understanding and acting upon opportunities to make mobility a catalyst for economic development outside of Greater Boston. The researchers will look closely at opportunities to cluster residential, office, and other

Correctional Spending Soars While Prison Population Declines, According to New Report from MassINC

“Getting Tough on Spending” Report Shows Waste, Inefficiencies in Staffing

The report, Getting Tough on Spending, an 18 percent increase in spending for the Department of Correction and county sheriff departments between fiscal 2011 and 2016, while the prison population declined by almost 3,000 or 12 percent. The research further shows that this growth is focused primarily on raises and new hires for correctional officers,

New MassINC Poll: Voters embrace end to mandatory minimum sentencing, support second chance reforms

See Prison Contributing to Recidivism, Support More Aggressive Criminal Justice Reforms

Click here for the topline results. BOSTON – Massachusetts voters strongly favor judicial discretion over mandatory minimum sentencing and broadly support more aggressive reforms to the criminal justice system than are now being considered by legislators, a new MassINC poll shows. The poll and two new policy research reports on the state’s criminal justice system

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