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Board President of PlaceMatters

Holly St. Clair

Holly St. Clair is the Director of Data Services at the Boston-region Metropolitan Area Planning Council, overseeing the agency’s activities in the fields of data management, data analysis, research, and public access to data. Holly has pioneered the use of advanced decision support tools in Metropolitan Boston, managing a variety of projects that use scenarios modeling, 3-D environments, community indicators, and innovative meeting formats to engage stakeholders in dialogue about policy choices. She spearheaded the creation of the MetroBoston DataCommon, an on-line data portal and interactive web mapper that puts hundreds of data layers at the fingertips of residents, public officials, and advocates who would not otherwise have access to such information. She has experience working with municipalities to incorporate data analysis into planning decisions. Holly holds a Masters degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Boston University, and has training in facilitation and facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change.