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Larry Braman Professional Biography:

Larry Braman has broad experience in community development and planning, having worked in these areas for some 30 years. He has been especially interested in putting computer-based tools at the service of non-profit and municipal agencies involved in neighborhood development.

Mr. Braman has attained significant knowledge of systems design, relational database management and geographic information systems (GIS), using them to build accessible agency-wide applications for project tracking, area benefit analysis, feasibility analyses, site finding, and general planning support.

Most recently, he was manager of mapping and data services at the City of Bostonís Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) where he and his staff provided a variety of information and planning tools for agency staff, other public agencies and the general public.

Prior to that, he worked in the nonprofit sector as a housing development consultant and as director of development for the Urban Edge Housing Corporation, a large Boston community development agency.

He has also served on the boards of various local nonprofit organizations, as well as on local and state commissions and task forces, including the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, the East Boston Health Center, a city Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee, the Adaptive Environments Center, and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board.

Public agencies and other institutions have recognized Mr. Bramanís many achievements, utilizing technology for the benefit of local communities and organizations.

In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award for "using data to drive community change" from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Boston Foundation.

In 1992 Mr. Braman was awarded a fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where he remained to obtain a master's degree with a focus in geographic information systems.

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