Strong background in multi-family housing development, affordable housing policy, and sustainable development. Darcy has overseen the design and construction of cutting-edge sustainably-designed communities including near net-zero single-family homes in rural MA to large-scale multi-family apartment projects in Boston. Darcy is currently working on a multi-family building designed to meet Passive House standards.
In her current position, Darcy manages the development of multi-family housing projects, including working with the community/local boards, permitting, finance, design/construction. Darcy has a strong interest in the intersection of business, the built environment, sustainability, and community.
Darcy was the Director of Housing for the City of Cambridge, MA (2000 – 2004). Darcy was responsible for developing and implementing the City’s affordable housing programs and policies, including acquisition and development of rental and homeownership housing, administering the Inclusionary and Incentive Zoning Ordinances, and providing educational and financial assistance to first-time homebuyers. Darcy staffed the Affordable Housing Trust.
Prior to Cambridge, Darcy was an Associate at Stockard & Engler & Brigham, a private affordable housing consulting firm.
Earlier in her career, Darcy worked in international community development. Darcy spent over 3 years living and working in Central America. Darcy speaks conversational Spanish.
Darcy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/minor in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a Master’s in Public Policy from Tufts University. Darcy is on the leadership team of the ULI National Affordable and Workforce Housing Council.
Living Well by Design: Developing Healthy Physical + Social Environments
with Darcy L Jameson, Senior Development Director, Beacon Communities LLC, Boston, MA
Community Vision Stage, 1:00pm
From Tiny Homes to large-scale multi-family development, the principles that contribute to "Living Well by Design" are similar including sustainable design and high performance buildings, affordability, healthy indoor air quality, and creating healthy social environments. Darcy will explore 3 case studies of communities that she has built with Beacon Communities LLC, a Boston-based mission-driven housing developer. The case studies will explore the social and policy goals as well as financing approaches including the redevelopment of the Old Colony public housing community in Boston (well-known for the infamous Whitey Bulger gang). The first phases met LEED Platinum standards as well as LEED for Neighborhood Design Gold and the current phase will include one of the region's first multi-family Passive Houses for low-income seniors; The Treehouse Community in Easthampton, MA an apartment community created for families adopting children who have experienced public foster care and seniors who are part of this intentional community and net-zero affordable and market-rate single family homes; and North Square at the Mill District in Amherst, MA, a mixed-income and mixed-use apartment creating new housing, business opportunity and job creation centered around a traditional New England green.