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Dr. Taylor Cain

Director of the City of Boston's Housing Innovation Lab

As Director, Taylor leads citywide efforts to pioneer innovative housing models and systems, and accelerate the pace of innovation in the housing sector that promotes inclusion and equity across Boston neighborhoods.  The Housing Innovation Lab under Taylor's leadership will continue to take an innovative approach to addressing Boston's housing challenges. Since first being established by Mayor Walsh in 2015, the i-Lab has worked with residents and stakeholders to encourage the creation of new housing prototypes that promote affordability and alternative living arrangements. 

Taylor, a Jamaica Plain resident, completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Boston University, and also holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University. In addition to her academic pursuits, Taylor 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. Taylor fell 'in curiosity' with Boston during her first few years of graduate school as she experienced the city and its neighborhoods through different forms of public transportation. Deeply intrigued by how people move through and experience place, Taylor brings a sociological imagination to addressing the challenges of ensuring that Boston is a city that grows inclusively.