Eric Nakajima

Eric addresses issues of the knowledge economy and associated development through his work as a policy advisor and project leader on economic development projects in regions and cities that have high poverty. In his current state government role, Eric is responsible for developing and managing projects such as the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, an advanced manufacturing initiative, state policies for innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Eric has held previous position in economic development and policy research with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts and a private consulting firm.

As a Mel King Fellow, Eric hopes to gain insight into how to integrate policies that combine the often compartmentalized areas of community development, ecological thinking and economic development, and apply this knowledge to develop and implement policy with a greater transformational impact on the communities.

The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) has the primary mission to create homes and jobs in the Commonwealth.