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Elizabeth Dobbins

Senior Analyst

Background & Experience

Elizabeth Dobbins is a senior analyst at Econsult Solutions, Inc (ESI). She brings experience in journalism and urban planning.

Elizabeth graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in English and the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in City Planning, concentrating in Housing, Community and Economic Development. While at Penn, she interned for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS). In this position she focused on transportation projects, working at the nexus of community engagement and implementation. As a student, she also collaborated with Penn Professor Emeritus John Landis on affordable housing policy research, and provided writing mentorship at Rebel Ventures, a youth-led nutrition and entrepreneurship organization in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth believes understanding connections between many different fields and perspectives is necessary for creating thoughtful, actionable solutions. She learned this as a reporter working for local newspapers in Ohio and Massachusetts where she covered a wide variety of subjects. Her stories have received awards in categories including criminal justice, environmental reporting, spot news, explanatory reporting and public records use.

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Urban Planning
  • Affordable Housing