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Founder & Principal Planner

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. 

JM Goldson provides client communities with a holistic and thoughtful approach to planning. JM Goldson’s approach focuses on protecting community assets and enhancing housing choice in ways that are compatible with other community and regional goals. JM Goldson is known for facilitating highly-interactive public engagement and customizing services to best meet client communities’ needs.

JM Goldson has a strong track record assisting communities with community visioning and master planning, community preservation, and affordable housing planning and implementation, including Community Vision Plans, Housing Production Plans, Housing Needs Assessments, Community Preservation Plans, and Affordable Housing Trust Action Plans. Jennifer is the primary author of Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s (MHP) Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Guidebook, which received the 2010 Outstanding Planning Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. Jennifer is also the primary author of MHP’s Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Implementation Manual, released in November 2015, and the updated MHP and CHAPA Community Preservation and Affordable Housing Guidebook Create, preserve, support, released in early 2016.

 MAHT Guidebook Cover

MAHT Guidebook Cover

Among JM Goldson’s municipal clients are Agawam, Amherst, Arlington, Barnstable, Brewster, Bridgewater, Brookline, Concord, Eastham, Easton, Hopkinton, Grafton, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Medway, Middleborough, Norwood, Pelham, Stockbridge, Stoughton, Somerville, Southborough, Sudbury, West Bridgewater, Westford, Westport, and Williamstown. In 2008, Jennifer was the primary author of the Community Preservation Coalition’s CPA Update, a monthly email-newsletter subscribed to by Community Preservation Committees across the state.

Prior to forming JM Goldson, Jennifer managed the City of Newton’s Community Preservation program, one of the first and largest CPA programs in Massachusetts. Under her management, Newton’s CPA program funded over $12 million in community housing, open space, recreation, and historic preservation projects, including the city’s purchase of Angino Farm, the last farm in Newton, and Kesseler Woods. Working with the city from inception of the CPA program, she established and administered a clear and effective evaluation and review process that the Community Preservation Committee relied on to select projects in highly competitive funding rounds.

As project manager for the Town of Brookline’s comprehensive planning initiative, Jennifer worked closely with the Comprehensive Plan Committee, town officials, and neighborhood groups to identify issues and opportunities in the areas of affordable housing, parks and open space, historic preservation, transportation, economic development, and community facilities. Jennifer was primary author of The Brookline Plan: Program & Progress, a document culminating the first phase of the comprehensive planning process.

In addition to her experience in local government, Jennifer has extensive experience in the private sector. She was a preservation planner for the Newport Collaborative Architects, a full-service architecture and planning firm in Newport, Rhode Island, where she prepared community visioning and master plans. She also developed town-wide historic resource surveys for the Connecticut Historical Commission and prepared historic tax credit applications for rehabilitation projects in Rhode Island. Prior to that, Jennifer was a preservation research associate for the Conservation Technology Group in Newport, a firm specializing in the conservation of historic sites, architecture, and monuments.

Jennifer earned a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Historic Preservation with a minor in Architecture from Roger Williams University. She was editor of the New England Planning Newsletter and served on the Board of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association.

In her hometown, Jennifer served as vice president of the Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) Board of Directors, co-chair of the RVMS Design Committee, and was appointed by Mayor Menino as a member of the Roslindale Advisory Group for Strategic Planning & Rezoning. She was recognized by Mayor Menino for her contributions to the RVMS Design Committee as volunteer of the year.