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DUSP Alum Profile: Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977)

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

"In retrospect, what made my DUSP education special was that DUSP gave me an opportunity to stretch my thinking, learning, and confidence in planning and community development while working with people with amazing backgrounds, talent, and creative minds.

"I felt like a kid in a candy store with the wealth of courses, lectures, people, and projects to devour. The faculty treated us with respect, stretching us in positive ways and offering real-life projects as an important training ground. I also learned how to work as part of a team and take risks professionally.  One experience that had a particular impact was the unbelievable opportunity to be a teaching assistant for a new course taught by Kevin Lynch, Tunney Lee, and Dolores Hayden. What a treat working with this team of icons in our field and a great learning experience."

Adele Fleet Bacow, MCP 1977, is President of Community Partners Consultants, a Brookline-based practice providing consulting services in community cultural development, planning and economic development, program and strategic planning, design, and the arts. For more than thirty years she has brought the public and private sectors together in unlikely collaborations to revitalize communities. Many of these lessons are presented in her book, Designing the City: A Guide for Advocates and Public Officials. She received a Federal Design Achievement Award from the Presidential Design Awards Program for this work.
Prior to this position, Adele was Senior Vice President of Policy and Management Associates where she worked with inner-city community development corporations on projects related to economic development, business analysis, and community cultural development. She also served as Director of Design and Development for the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, establishing a new statewide program to improve the quality of design and planning in the Commonwealth. In this role she created and managed programs in bridge design, highway landscape design, innovative state design policies for public finance and development agencies, the Governor's Design Awards Program, and the Cultural Facilities Technical Assistance Program.
She has significant experience in public development, having served as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Government Land Bank, an independent state authority created to redevelop blighted or surplus public land.

In addition to all this, Adele was the speaker at the Department’s 2013 Commencement Breakfast.