Campus & Community

Luberoff to direct Rappaport Institute

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David Luberoff has been appointed executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston as of June 1. He will replace Charles C. Euchner, who has served since the institute’s founding in 2000, and is leaving to pursue writing opportunities.

Luberoff is currently associate director of the Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government and an adjunct lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is resigning both of these positions to devote full time to his new Rappaport Institute responsibilities.

“This job requires a unique combination of analytical, interpersonal, and managerial skills,” said Alan Altshuler, who is both the institute’s faculty director and director of the Taubman Center. “Like Charlie Euchner, David has a demonstrated record of effectiveness in all these domains.”

Luberoff commented, “I cannot think of a more exciting professional opportunity because I care deeply about the region and I believe the Rappaport Institute is uniquely positioned to make it an even better place.”

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston coordinates a broad research agenda, forums, training, and public service. The institute produces an annual “Governing Greater Boston” report, which assesses the major challenges facing the state and region. The institute has also produced studies on issues such as the management of the Cambridge Public Schools, the changing economic dynamics of the region, business leadership for the Central Artery project, the role of parks in regional life, and the feasibility of new transportation infrastructure.

The fourth class of Rappaport Fellows will work in state and local offices this summer. A total of 46 graduate and professional students from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Suffolk University have participated in the program.

The institute is primarily funded by a multiyear grant from the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation, whose namesake has been a prominent Boston civic and business leader for the past half century.

A resident of Lexington, Luberoff is the co-author (with Altshuler) of “Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment” (Brookings Institution Press, 2003). He has previously served as assistant director of the Taubman Center, as a columnist for Governing Magazine, as editor of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s “Midtown Cultural District Plan,” and as the editor of The Tab, greater Boston’s largest group of weekly newspapers. He also serves on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, Harvard University’s Allston Transportation Committee, and the board of directors of Congregation Kerem Shalom in Concord. He received an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government in 1989.