Laurie Goldman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research and teaching focus on how dynamics within and across organizations influence policy and planning practice. She is especially interested in creative problem solving, inter-organizational collaboration, and the contributions of actors whose knowledge and influence derives from lived experience. Laurie received a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the Technion in Israel. Ongoing experience as a community organizer, policy advocate, and organizational consultant inform her research and teaching and sustain her dedication to social change.
As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Laurie will develop a series of interactive case studies that draw on her participation in anti-displacement advocacy in the gentrifying neighborhood of Union Square, Somerville. The project will focus on the six years of organizing, advocacy, and planning that led to the negotiation and ratification of a precedent-setting Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) signed by the Union Square Neighborhood Association and the private developer of the transit-oriented mixed-use development. Activists involved in the Union United Coalition and the Union Square Neighborhood Association’s CBA negotiating team will participate in the case study design and piloting in UEP classes and in the Somerville Community Corporation’s Leadership Development Institute.