About Amy Dain

Amy Dain is an independent consultant in public policy research and writing. Her focus is on urban and suburban planning and housing policy. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and events.


Her career has been a tour of Massachusetts-based think tanks. She has worked in-house or as a consultant on projects for: Collins Center for Public Management, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, MassINC, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and other organizations.

She recently wrote the State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston, a survey of zoning and plans in 100 cities and towns of Greater Boston. In 2008, she launched the StatNet initiative, a community of practice for municipal managers interested in data-driven decision-making. She received her Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.


In recent years, she has been on a mission to visit all of the cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Also, she can recite a few Russian tongue twisters, fairly quickly.

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education

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Cambridge, MA

Master in Public Policy, 2003

Course Assistant for Quantitative Analysis and Strategic Management of Public Organizations

Thesis on federal regulation of municipal departments of public works

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Middletown, CT

Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies, 1996


experience

DAIN RESEARCH

Newton, MA

2015 - present

Consultant. Researched, wrote, and presented landmark study on zoning for multi-family housing in Greater Boston, for Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

  • Presented findings at 25 events and meetings, with 1,300+ people in attendance

  • Published policy brief on zoning for accessory dwelling units

  • Garnered more than 40 media hits

  • Also wrote reports for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, MassINC, MAPC, Mass Housing Partnership, and Rappaport Institute


COLLINS CENTER FOR PUBLIC MANAGEMENT, UMASS BOSTON

Boston, MA

2008 - 2016

Associate. Launched and led initiative to convene hundreds of managers and analysts from city/town governments to learn from each other about using data and evidence in decision-making.   


PIONEER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH

Boston, MA

2004 - 2008

Project Manager. Designed and implemented first-of-its-kind research project on municipal land use regulation in Massachusetts. Authored two papers and oversaw production of four papers by outside authors.

  • Presented findings at 30 events/briefings, with 1,400+ people in attendance

  • Created on-line database with answers to 130 questions about zoning, subdivision, wetlands, and septic regulations in 187 communities

  • Recruited, trained, and supervised 10 researchers, and oversaw consultants for website and database design

  • Garnered more than 70 media hits about the research



AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

Kharkiv, Ukraine

summer 2003

Group Leader. Led 26 college students on a community service mission to Ukraine.



MA EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

Boston, MA

summer 2002

Rappaport Public Service Fellow. Received scholarship from the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston to intern at Boston-based public agency.

  • Designed protocol for conducting annual greenhouse gas inventories of the state Executive branch

  • Researched and wrote memos on outdoor lighting policy, performance indicators, and dioxin



JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

Boston, MA

1998-2001

Program Coordinator. Worked with lay leaders of the Jewish community to advance domestic and international policy agenda.

  • Established and organized annual Jewish Community Advocacy Day at the State House which drew over 400 participants by the third year

  • Coordinated mission to Israel for 28 Massachusetts public officials



PROJECT OTZMA

Israel

1997-1998

Fellowship Recipient.  Participated in Jewish leadership training program.



MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP

Berkshires, MA

1996-1997

Campus Organizer and Assistant Canvass Director. Trained students in public interest advocacy. Recruited, trained, and motivated a staff of 25 political canvassers to raise approximately $100,000.


special skills/

personal

Languages: Fluent in Russian, knowledge of Hebrew

Computer skills: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, (learned Stata at grad school)

Travel: Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, Estonia, Ireland, Germany, Jordan, Czech Republic. Also 90+ cities and towns in Greater Boston in the last few years

Activities: Member of Rappaport Institute Board of Advisors, Falmouth Marathon Relay 2018, member of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, opinion writer for CommonWealth Magazine, street photography