Jessica Boatright is the Deputy Director for the Department of Neighborhood Development's Neighborhood Housing Development Division, where she manages a professional staff of development officers, architects and construction specialists. This team works diligently to ensure that public funding is wisely invested in strong affordable housing developments that will serve their local neighborhoods and the citizens of Boston.
Prior to joining DND, Jessica worked at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, leading efforts to expand and innovate on their mission and to increase the availability of housing affordable for all.
Before Dorchester Bay, Jessica held key positions at several organizations and agencies, focusing on preserving and growing supportive housing, managing organizational development and strategic planning activities, and directing community planning projects around the country.
Jessica received a Master in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from MIT, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis and Anthropology from Pomona College, and completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Jessica is a Massachusetts native and an active member of the Roslindale community, where she lives with her family.