Joe Kriesberg is the new CEO of MassINC, assuming this role in January 2023. MassINC’s mission is to make Massachusetts a place of civic vitality and inclusive economic opportunity Prior to coming to MassINC, Joe served as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC). He first joined MACDC in 1993 as Vice President and served in that capacity until he became President in July 2002. During his time there, he launched several innovative new programs, including the Community Investment Tax Credit, the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the GOALs Initiative, the MACDC convention and the Community Development Innovation Forum.
Joe also played an instrumental role in passing important bills through the Massachusetts Legislature, including the groundbreaking Insurance Industry Community Investment Act (1998,) the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (2000,) the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (2006,) a comprehensive anti-foreclosure law (2007), a new law to help preserve “expiring-use” affordable rental communities (2009), the Community Investment Tax Credit (2012), and in partnership with MassINC, the Neighborhood Hub (2018). During the COVID pandemic, he played a leading role in efforts to establish the state’s Eviction Prevention Initiative and its Small Business Relief and Recovery efforts. He is a co-founder of the Coalition for an Equitable Economy.
Prior to working for MACDC, Joe worked on energy and environmental issues for nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Joe has a B.A. from Binghamton University (New York State) and a J.D. Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Dina Brownstein. They have two adult children, Joshua and Michael.