In addition to serving as Special Assistant in the Departmental Headquarters, Ezra is a Lecturer in the Department's Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group, where he teaches on both community development practice and quantitative methods for planning.
Prior to coming to DUSP, Ezra was Director of Community Development for the City of Lawrence, MA. Past positions include Director of Planning & Development for the City of Somerville, MA, and Land Use and Environmental Planning Consultant at the firm of McGregor & Associates. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2002.
He has taught urban planning, politics, and GIS mapping at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and is an active member of the Citizen Planning Training Collaborative, where he led seminars on both community planning and zoning practice. He is a board member and occasional instructor with the Mel King Institute for Community Building in Boston, and is also the founder and executive director of Public Planning, Research, and Implementation, Inc., a non-profit planning group established in 2002 to assist community-based organizations with land use and development planning projects.
In his own home-town he serves on the Board of Directors of the Somerville Community Corporation (immediate past-president). He's also very happy to be the subject of a song by The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library.
(Use the links at the left to view and download Ezra's publications, projects, and cv.)
MA, University of California at Davis (social anthropology)
BA, University of Pennsylvania (anthropology)
Director of Community Development, City of Lawrence, MA
Director of Planning & Development, City of Somerville, MA
Director of Commercial & Economic Development, City of Somerville, MA
Environmental & Land Use Planner, McGregor & Associates, P.C., Boston, MA
Senior Planner, City of Somerville, MA
Outstanding Contribution to Student Life, 2013 (Department of Urban Studies and Planning/Student Council Award)
Rolf R. Engler Award for Outstanding Service, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
Outstanding Contribution to Student Life, 2009 (Department of Urban Studies and Planning/Student Council Award)
R statistical programming language
acs.R: a package for the R statistical programming language, providing a gen- eral toolkit for downloading, managing, and analyzing data from the U.S. Cen- sus American Community Survey.