Aimee Chambers has been named the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s new director of planning, chief of planning Arthur Jemison announced.
Chambers brings a range of planning and urban design work experience to her new role, having worked in areas from affordable housing development to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure design. She’s spent the past 12 years working across both the non-profit and public sectors, most recently as the director of planning for the city of Hartford, Connecticut.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Aimee to our leadership team, where she will serve a critical role helping us create a more resilient, affordable and equitable future for Boston,” said Jemison. “Aimee’s experience in other municipalities will bring new perspectives and momentum for delivering our bold vision for the city.”
In her new role, Chambers will be responsible for implementing Mayor Michelle Wu’s citywide land-use planning strategies and action plans. As part of implementing Wu’s vision, which includes rezoning and enhancing squares and corridors citywide, thousands of new housing units, small businesses, retail and jobs will be created, according to a release. That vision also includes the completion of neighborhood plans, as well as building a zoning team to evaluate and modernize the city’s zoning code.
A graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in sociology and urban planning, Chambers was a 2019 Next City Vanguard in Newark, N.J., and was nominated by Connecticut Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. She also has a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland-College Park.