Christopher Jones directs research and planning for Regional Plan Association. Since joining RPA in 1994, he has led many multidisciplinary initiatives to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. He is currently leading research for RPA's fourth regional plan, a long-range blueprint for the metropolitan region due out in 2017. Previously, he managed a federal Sustainable Communities initiative that included 17 cities, counties and planning organizations in New York and Connecticut. He has written many studies and articles on regional development and urban policy, including a comprehensive analysis of metropolitan housing, a series of reports on the future of Long Island, plans for transit-oriented and community development, alternatives for Manhattan's Far West Side, property tax reform in New Jersey, and both national and regional workforce policies. Prior to joining RPA, Chris was the special assistant to the deputy mayor for planning and development in New York City.