Jason Spicer

Researcher and PhD Candidate in Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

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About Jason

Spicer researches sustainable, equitable approaches to economic development in developed democracies. At MIT, he has conducted research in the US, Europe and Asia on topics such as community reinvestment; values-based and cooperative banking; social enterprise and entrepreneurship; and economic democracy. He has served as an MIT teaching assistant for graduate classes in Urban Planning Economics, and Economic Development Planning. He has worked with non-profit advocacy groups such as the Netherlands-based Global Alliance for Banking on Values; community organizations like the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, MA; and city governments, such as Brockton, MA, on local economic development plans. Spicer was previously a NYC-based researcher and strategist in global commercial property finance and investment, working on public and private urban development projects across North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and in Sociology from Johns Hopkins.

In the News

"Social Enterprise is Not Social Change," Jason Spicer (with Marshall Ganz and Tamara Kay), Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 15, 2018.
"Just Banking," Jason Spicer, CoLab Radio @ MIT Community Innovators Lab, 2015.


"Plugging Capital Leaks in Rural America: Myopia in Community Development Finance," (with Amy Glasmeier), Wealth Creation Clinic at MIT, 2014.
"Enhancing the Local Impact of Community Banks," (with Amy Glasmeier and Christa Lee-Chuvala), Wealth Creation Clinic at MIT, 2013.

Traces the ways in which local community banks can have positive economic impact in their local communities using Presidio Bank as a model.