Christopher Jones directs economic, housing, transportation and urban development research for Regional Plan Association. Since joining RPA in 1994, he has led several multi-disciplinary initiatives to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. Most recently, he managed a collaborative effort leading to a $3.5 million federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant on behalf of 17 cities, counties and planning organizations in New York and Connecticut. He has authored several reports and articles on regional development and urban policy, including a comprehensive analysis of metropolitan housing, development alternatives for Manhattan's Far West Side, downtown revitalization on Long Island, property tax reform in New Jersey, and the Economy and Workforce chapters of RPA's Third Regional Plan. Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Jones was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development in New York City.