Dr. Taylor Cain
As Deputy Director, Dr. Cain leads citywide efforts to prevent evictions and ensure housing stability for the residents of Boston who rent their homes. During the pandemic, she stepped in to help DND create and manage the City of Boston’s Rental Relief Fund, ensuring that thousands of Bostonians remained safely housed in their homes.
Dr. Cain, a Jamaica Plain resident, has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University, and also holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Cain has worked with local nonprofit organizations and institutions on evaluation and research projects that focus on a range of issues, including economic development, racial equity, and displacement.
Dr. Cain has proven her creativity, people centered approach, and commitment to advancing equity in her previous work as the Director of the City’s Housing Innovation Lab. During her tenure, she was able to spearhead the work coming out of the lab including the recently launched competition Co-Creating Boston’s Future Decker and the Additional Dwelling Unit 2.0 pilot.