The intersection of community development and health, social determinants of health, health equity, community development finance, federal urban policy, urban food systems
- PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
- Master of Science, Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, University of Oxford, England
- Master of Urban Design, Carnegie Mellon University
- Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Renee Roy Elias is a Lecturer in City and Regional Planning. She currently serves as the Director of Research and Strategy at the Build Healthy Places Network based in San Francisco. There she leads the organization’s research on health metrics and advisory services to support partnerships between the community development, finance, and health sectors. Previously, Renee was a researcher at the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkeley and an independent consultant to Bay Area community groups on a variety of healthy food access initiatives. She previously worked as an urban designer and planner at the Remaking Cities Institute and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (both at Carnegie Mellon University) where she developed design strategies for a reclaimed brownfield site and initiated an award-winning grocery store project in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
Renee formerly served as an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where she taught both undergraduate and graduate-level courses on urban food systems. She has co-authored publications on neighborhood investment, measurement, and healthy communities. She currently serves on the 100 Million Healthier Lives’ National Measurement Workgroup and is a former member of the Oakland Food Policy Council.
- Courses Taught
CYPLAN 290/ GMS 201: Doctoral Writing Seminar
CYPLAN 118AC: The Urban Community
[IN]CITY Summer Institutes
- Selected Publications
Elias, R.R. (2018). "Tools of the Trade: Measuring the Health-Related Returns of Community Development." Shelterforce. Winter Edition.
Chapple, K. and Elias, R.R. (2018). “Analyzing Investment Flows in Comprehensive Community Revitalization: The Case of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco.” Journal of Urban Affairs.
Elias, R.R., and Moore, A. (2017). “The Evolution and Future of the Healthy Communities Movement.” Community Development Investment Review. v12(1). P. 81-92.
Dailey, C., Elias, R.R., and Moore, A. (2016). “Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: An Environmental Scan of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity.” A Report for The Colorado Health Foundation by Build Healthy Places Network.