Rachel G. Bratt is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University; she served as department chair for nearly 10 years. Professor Bratt’s research is focused primarily on housing problems facing low-income households and the role of nonprofit organizations in supplying decent, affordable housing. Her work has been funded by, for example, the Ford Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the Housing Partnership Network She is the author or co-author of dozens of articles, appearing in both academic and popular outlets, as well as a number of professional reports. Professor Bratt is the author or co-editor of three books: Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy, Critical Perspectives on Housing and A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda.
In addition to her academic activities, Professor Bratt worked as a professional planner in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts and has served on a number of boards and advisory committees: the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank (1984-1986); the Multifamily Advisory Committee of MassHousing (1983-1996); and the board of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (1990-present). In her local community, she was on the Wayland (Massachusetts) Planning Board and is a current member of the Wayland Housing Partnership (2004-present). From 2002-2009 she was a Fellow at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Professor Bratt received a Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.
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