Beth Siegel, President

Beth Siegel, president of Mt. Auburn Associates, has led the firm for over 30 years in designing and implementing regional economic development strategies and evaluating complex cross-site initiatives.

Since founding Mt. Auburn Associates in 1985, Siegel has managed strategic economic development plans for dozens of communities across the U.S. An expert in the realm of program evaluation, she led the evaluation of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, is serving as the lead evaluation consultant for ReThink Health Ventures, and is co-leading the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invest Health Initiative.

Beth's policy work and writings have been influential in the field. She wrote some of the earliest articles on the role of "clusters" in regional economic development and her report in the mid-1990s to the Charles Stewart Mott and Ford foundations, Jobs and the Urban Poor, influenced the field of sectoral workforce development. With concern for the fate of smaller cities, she authored a report for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Third Tier Cities: Adjusting to the New Economy.

Siegel gained recognition for her work on the strategic role that arts and culture play in economic growth, including the path-breaking study, Louisiana: Where Culture Means Business.

Prior to founding Mt. Auburn Associates, Siegel served as Deputy Research Director of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on the Future of Mature Industries and spent four years as Senior Associate at Counsel for Community Development, a pioneer in development finance.

She has taught economic development planning in the graduate planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University. Siegel received her BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Master's in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.