Nella Young
Senior Program Director, Initiatives
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.


334 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02116

Nella Young is the Design Leadership Senior Program Director at Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads the organization’s efforts to make design excellence an essential value in the community development and affordable housing sector. This is accomplished through programs and tools that increase the capacity of nonprofit developers to integrate community-engaged, sustainable design into their core way of doing business. Nella also speaks nationally on topics such as fostering new talent in the field, integrating creative placemaking into the development process, and designing for positive health outcomes and social impact.

Nella has a background in urban planning and experiential education and has worked on topics including infrastructure for active living, economic development for the creative sector, and policies that improve access to healthy food. Nella spent a year as a research fellow in Germany studying planning strategies for shrinking cities. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in studio arts.