Janelle Chan is the Executive Director of Asian Community Development Corporation ("ACDC"). Janelle directly managed the Participatory Chinatown Project, a collaborative effort of ACDC, Emerson College, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Community PlanIt will build upon the success of Participatory Chinatown to transform the planning practices shaping neighborhoods from disjointed transactions between developers and communities to a persistent conversation shaped by participatory learning.
Janelle Chan is the Executive Director of Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). Janelle managed the Participatory Chinatown Project, a collaborative effort of ACDC, Emerson College, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
Janelle is a community advocate with experience in participatory urban planning, community organizing, resource development, and real estate development and finance. Over the past decade, Janelle has worked with and for the Asian/Asian American community and broader coalitions of color on a wide range of initiatives on equity and housing. At ACDC, Janelle manages the Participatory Chinatown project along with other community-capacity building programs such as housing counseling and the A-VOYCE youth program; oversees the real estate development pipeline, which includes the development of the Parcel 24 mixed-use, mixed-income development with 345 units of both affordable and market rate housing in downtown Boston; and maintains a real estate portfolio of over $120MM in housing and commercial real estate.
Janelle is a LEED Accredited Professional in sustainable development and received a Master in City Planning with a specialization in Housing, Community, and Economic Development from M.I.T. and a Bachelor degree in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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