Stephanie Groll

2005 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2005
Stephanie Groll

Graduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Santa Cruz
Area of interest: Transportation, smart growth, cars
Mentor: Fred Salvucci, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Agency: Office for Commonwealth Development
Supervisor: Tad Read, MBTA Transit Oriented Development Coordinator
Project Description: Stephanie Groll worked at the Office for Commonwealth Development (OCD). The Office for Commonwealth Development’s mission is to care for the built and natural environment by promoting sustainable development through the integration of energy, environmental, housing, and transportation investments policies, programs, and regulations. OCD enacts smart growth policies in the agencies directly responsible for the Commonwealth's infrastructure and environment. This office also oversees the executive offices of Housing and Community Development, Environmental Affairs and Transportation and encourages all three offices to work together to create sustainable plans for the Commonwealth.

Stephanie’s supervisor was Tad Read who is the MBTA Transit Oriented Development Coordinator for the Office for Commonwealth Development. Stephanie worked on a project to develop and implement new transit-oriented development (TOD) guidelines to be used to grant State bond funds to public entities which follow these guidelines. This project is part of a major new TOD initiative that has been launched by the OCD in partnership with the Executive Office of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Community Development. The new funding program is part of a multi-pronged strategy to spur high quality transit oriented development in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.