Expanding opportunities in America’s cities
Phillip L. Clay, trustee, The Kresge Foundation

Phillip L. Clay

Professor Emeritus of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Phillip L. Clay is the Class of 1922 Professor Emeritus of City Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as MIT’s chancellor from 2001 to 2011 and held other positions including provost and head of the department of urban studies and planning.

Widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and community-based development, Clay is chairman of the board of The Community Builders Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing, and has been involved in several studies that received national attention.  

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a doctorate from MIT.

Clay is the deputy chairman at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a trustee at Aga Khan University and a director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. He joined The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008.

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