About Angus Jennings
Angus G. Jennings is a highly regarded land planning professional and small business owner who has worked with state agencies and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth. He joins Evan Falchuk in calling for smart, brave reform of Massachusetts’ politics, economy and government, and a shift away from partisan sound bites toward pragmatic, common-sense decision making.
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In announcing his pick for Lt. Governor, Falchuk noted how Jennings’s accomplishments in the critical area of housing played a leading role in his decision to ask Jennings to join his campaign. “Angus’s housing expertise and longtime experience working productively with everyone from state agency personnel and city mayors to municipal decision makers and community activists make him an ideal choice,” Falchuk said.
“The cost of living in our state has risen steadily while incomes have remained stagnant – and the two biggest drivers of those increased costs have been health care and housing. For today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities, it’s easy to see the inherent value of having such a respected voice in housing on the ticket. My selection of Angus is reflective of the approach I’d take in filling other government posts. I will seek out valuable, real-world experience and a track record of meaningful accomplishment." Read the press release >>
About Angus Jennings
Angus G. Jennings is a small business owner and professional planner with expertise in housing, economic development and infrastructure finance. Angus brings a noteworthy philosophy to his run for Lt. Governor alongside Evan Falchuk for Governor: planning as a profession is founded on optimism, and a belief that the future can be better than the present.
Through his family history and work, Angus has ties to nearly every part of the Commonwealth. His family arrived in Lynn in 1630, and his Breed ancestors have maintained a continuous presence in that city to this day. Angus was born in Springfield and raised in Wilbraham where he graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School. He holds a bachelors degree from Trinity College and, after working in government in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, he earned his Master of Regional Planning (MRP) degree from Cornell University.
He has served successful tenures as Town Planner for the Town of Marshfield and Director of Land Use Management for the Town of Westford. In the private sector, he has worked as a planning consultant with communities all over the Commonwealth including Plymouth, Kingston, Brockton, Great Barrington, Lynnfield, Fitchburg, Belmont, Reading, Attleboro, Marblehead, Pittsfield, Cohasset, Somerville, Milton, Chatham, and Maynard. Prior to his work in Massachusetts, Angus also worked both at the US Department of Justice and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Read more>>
Angus and his wife, Kristen, an early childhood education professional raised and educated in Massachusetts, live in Concord with their young daughter Carolann, in what Angus describes as “a modest, two-family house in the center of town, where we can walk to transit, coffee shops, restaurants, open space, all sorts of things. Living in a walkable neighborhood has enhanced our quality of life immensely, from a livability, cost and community perspective.”
Angus has always been drawn to the practice of planning and its role at the intersection of built and natural environments. The outcomes of planning decisions, he notes, are profoundly important to people and their day-to-day lives. He believes that the lack of housing production relative to demand has been among the most significant impediments to job growth in the Commonwealth. “It has limited our ability to create multi-generational communities throughout Massachusetts that can truly thrive,” he says. “Housing for young families is in short supply, and not enough has been produced for many years.”
Angus has direct understanding of ways that state policy creates real challenges for municipal government and local development. Falchuk sees in his choice of Angus for Lt. Governor a real opportunity to build a strategic bridge between state and municipal decision makers. Falchuk believes that an alignment of interests is needed between state and municipal policy and investment, with key public/private partnerships, in order to achieve the kind of quality outcomes our citizens have a right to expect.
“We have a real opportunity to improve our approach to building thriving communities,” Angus notes. “The impact of municipal government on the economy of the Commonwealth as a whole cannot be overstated. I have great respect for the institution of local government, and for the home rule authority embedded in the Massachusetts Constitution. This form of government needs predictability from state policy and investment in order to function effectively in the 21st century. During my years of local public service as a planner, these conditions have often been missing. As Lt. Governor I will help our state government partner more effectively with our cities and towns to create conditions favorable for economic investment and growth.”
Angus has volunteered for many community organizations, including the Westford Coalition for Nonviolence, the Concord Children’s Center, the Quincy Environmental Network and the Telluride Association. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, he has served in leadership roles with the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors and the Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners, and as a former Quincy resident chaired the Quincy Center Redevelopment Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Angus is an accomplished public speaker with hundreds of appearances before town meetings, city councils, and local regulatory boards and commissions. Consensus building has been a hallmark of his work.
Named in 2012 to the Worcester Business Journal’s “Ten to Watch in MetroWest,” Angus has earned many awards and recognitions for his professional accomplishments including five Outstanding Planning Project Awards from the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter, and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors’ Chapter Award. The devoted New England Patriots fan is proud to call Massachusetts home.