Our Team

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Founder and Managing Director

Jennifer M. Goldson, a certified professional planner, formed JM Goldson community preservation + planning in 2006 to help communities create successful community visions and master plans, community preservation programs, and address affordable housing needs. Her 20+ year professional background blends affordable housing, comprehensive planning, historic preservation, open space conservation, community engagement, and implementation of the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act. Jennifer is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators. 

Lara M. Kritzer

Principal Planner

Lara Kritzer joined JM Goldson community preservation + planning in March 2017 as a Principal Planner after 18+ years of working in local planning at the municipal level. Lara's professional experience includes historic preservation, affordable housing, comprehensive planning, cultural planning, community outreach and engagement, grant writing, and implementation of the Community Preservation Act. Lara has a Masters in Historic Preservation from Boston University's Preservation Planning Program and is a member of the American Planning Association.

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Anna Callahan

Community Planner

Anna Callahan joined JM Goldson community preservation + planning in July 2018 after completing her Masters in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. The focus of her research and recent projects has been the intersection of planning and preservation, including a recent study measuring quality-of-place in Rhode Island—highlighting the critical role that historic preservation plays in communities and placemaking. Anna is a member of the American Planning Association. 

Clients We've Worked With

  • Town of Agawam, MA

  • Town of Amherst, MA

  • Town of Arlington, MA

  • Town of Barnstable, MA

  • Town of Braintree, MA

  • Town of Brewster, MA

  • Town of Bridgewater, MA

  • Town of Brookline, MA

  • City of Chelsea, MA

  • Community Preservation Coalition, Boston, MA

  • Town of Concord, MA

  • Town of Eastham, MA

  • Town of Easton, MA

  • Town of Grafton, MA

  • Town of Hopkinton, MA

  • Town of Kingston, MA

  • Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

  • Martha's Vineyard Commission, Oak Bluffs, MA

  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Boston, MA

  • Town of Medway, MA

  • Town of medford, MA

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, MA

  • Town of Middleborough, MA

  • City of Newton, MA

  • Town of Norfolk, MA

  • Town of North Adams, MA

  • Town of North ANdover, MA

  • Town of Norwood, MA

  • Old Colony Planning Council, Brockton, MA

  • Oxbow Partners, Boston, MA

  • Town of Pelham, MA

  • City of Quincy, MA

  • Town of Reading, MA

  • Regional Housing Services Office, Concord, MA

  • Town of Sharon, MA

  • Town of Sherborn, MA

  • City of Somerville, MA

  • Town of Southborough, MA

  • Town of Stockbridge, MA

  • Town of Stoughton, MA

  • Town of Sudbury, MA

  • Town of Tewksbury, MA

  • Town of Wenham, MA

  • Town of West Bridgewater, MA

  • Town of West Tisbury, MA

  • Town of Westford, MA

  • Town of Westport, MA

  • Town of Westwood, MA

  • Town of Weymouth, MA

  • Town of Williamstown, MA

What Our Clients Have to Say

We chose Jenn to complete our Housing Needs Assessment based initially upon her well-deserved reputation. Being thoroughly satisfied with that report, we engaged JM Goldson again to complete our Housing Production Plan and we haven’t been disappointed. She and her team have done an exceptional job communicating with town officials and town residents during multiple public workshops, synthesizing the public input and demographic data, and producing comprehensive, pragmatic, and well-reasoned reports. We would choose her again 10 times out of 10.”
— Town of Agawam, Director of Planning and Community Development, April 2017
Your work was superior in every regard. You are one of the most competent professionals I’ve had the pleasure of working with and a darn nice person to boot.
— Town of Norwood, Director of Community Planning and Economic Development, February 2014
As the Preservation Planner/Grant Writer consultant for the town of Bridgewater, MA, Jennifer has been exceptional. Her professionalism, energy, knowledge and consistently pleasant presence makes working with her a great pleasure. 

Her knowledge of the Community Preservation Act, relationships with various state players and stake holders, professional demeanor in dealing with property owners, public employees, citizens and colleagues is unsurpassable. Thanks to her efforts, Bridgewater has been able to move its Community Preservation efforts forward substantially. 

She is an exceptional writer and researcher; her responses are prompt and thorough; she is consistent with follow-up and incredibly detailed oriented. It is sad to remember where we were before engaging her and impossible to imagine how we could continue to prosper without her.
— Town of Bridgewater, Community Preservation Committee Chair, September 2011
Thanks to Jennifer’s professionalism, expert advice and creative problem-solving abilities, the APA-MA chapter has a new website which has received tremendous praise. Jennifer led the complicated effort, with technical and strategic assistance from Chris Ryan, and impressed us all. Her service to the chapter was organized, smart, and on budget. She is a multi-faceted planning professional that I would continue to recommend to anyone seeking consulting services.
— Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, Vice President of Chapter Affairs, October 2010