MassINC has assembled a team with deep experience in real estate and transportation planning and analysis. 

Research Director

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.

Transit-Oriented Development Fellow

Dr. Tracy A. Corley, MassINC’s Transit-Oriented Development Fellow, thrives on creating economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for people in our world’s metropolitan regions. She brings expertise in economic development, business, labor markets, architecture, law, and public policy to MassINC. As the TOD Fellow, she convenes political and community leaders to spur inclusive development in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.  

Prior to joining MassINC, Dr. Corley split time between Boston and the German Rhineland, conducting doctoral research on informal work in Germany’s skilled trades and crafts sector. She obtained multiple grants for this research, including German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funding. The Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), and Institute for Labor, Skills and Training (IAQ) hosted her during her investigations in Germany. 

Previously, Dr. Corley lived in Seattle, Washington, where she coordinated strategy and planning for Seattle Jobs Initiative, founded two consulting firms, and served as the Vice Chair of Small Business on the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees. Her diverse experience included work in sustainability, energy efficiency, clean technology, finance, banking, and telecommunications. She has also worked as an architect and graphic designer in Seattle, WA, and Greenville, SC. 

Dr. Corley attained her B.A. in Architecture Design from Clemson University in 1995 and her M.S. in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University in 2018.

Research Associate

Elizabeth Haney is a Research Associate working with Ben Forman and Tracy Corley on inclusive transit oriented development strategies in Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities. She is a Master’s of City Planning Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her Bachelor’s degree in History from Boston College. She has worked at MassDevelopment with the Transformative Development Initiative team as well as at the Cambridge Housing Authority on their Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Plan. Prior to MIT she spent 5 years working on HomeKeeper, a Salesforce app program of Capital Impact Partners, and later Grounded Solutions Network. In her work on HomeKeeper, Elizabeth supported community land trusts, Habitat for Humanity affiliates as well as municipal housing departments in their work to steward permanently affordable homeownership units, as well as to measure their impact. Elizabeth trained HomeKeeper users as well as led software product development, including efforts to make HomeKeeper the first HUD certified housing counseling management system on Salesforce. Prior to her time working on HomeKeeper, Elizabeth was a Jesuit Volunteer working on climate change policy at the Center of Concern and as a homebuyer assistant at SHARE Community Land Trust in Leavenworth, WA.

Research Interns

  • Brenna Robeson
  • Nathan Kiernan
  • Meredith Raymr
  • Niamh Doyle

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