Allegra Williams

As the Director for Campus and Community Learning, Allegra facilitates cross-disciplinary research and knowledge co-creation, supports practice-based learning engagements, and develops programming to connect campus and community audiences with CoLab’s work, values, and partner networks.

Having spent the better part of the past decade working as an urban planning practitioner, community activist, and educator, Allegra firmly believes that the city should be used as a classroom and that education should serve as a means for social change. Most recently, as leader of CoLab's work around arts and social change, Allegra developed a deep appreciation for the value that aesthetic inquiry can bring to traditional planning education and to broader economic democracy through the support of collaborations between urban planners and socially-engaged artists. Prior to joining MIT, Allegra led a variety of collaborative community revitalization initiatives, including the transformation of an abandoned pocket park with diverse public art and programming, the creation of a seed grant program to fund citizen-engaged neighborhood improvement projects, and the development of a Comprehensive Sustainability Plan for a local municipality. Allegra holds a BA in Community Development and graduate degrees in Regional Economic and Social Development and Community Psychology.