Elisabeth B. Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She is the Executive Director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center where she works on issues related to systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. She was most recently named Executive Director of MIT's Work of the Future initiative.
Before coming to MIT for her PhD, Liz was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on job and business growth in inner cities.
Liz has an A.B. from Harvard in Government, holds a MSc. from the University of Montreal in Economics and a PhD from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.