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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