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|Graduate Degree: MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University
Area of interest: Housing
Agency: Department of Housing and Community Development
Supervisor: Sarah Young, Deputy Director, Policy Development Department
Project Description: While working in the Policy Development Department of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Kristy Wang wrote a portion of the department’s long-term strategic plan. She researched and wrote about barriers to housing development in Massachusetts, such as zoning, education costs, and financial barriers, and she recommended strategies for removing those barriers. These included encouraging communities to implement smart-growth strategies through campaigns and enhanced technical assistance, zoning reform, and education campaigns, as well as compensating communities through state aid for increased school enrollment costs due to new construction.