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Jen Nelles is a visiting associate professor in the Department Urban Public Policy at Hunter College in New York City. Her research, consulting and teaching focuses on developing ways of improving coordination among local authorities to address modern social, economic and environmental issues that inevitably transcend geographical and jurisdictional boundaries.

Nelles is the author of the 2012 book Comparative Metropolitan Policy: Governing Beyond Boundaries in the Imagined Metropolis and co-author of A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Municipal Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada, published in 2016, as well as more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on regional governance, regional economic development, intergovernmental relations and collective action.

Nelles holds and an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in political science, from the University of Toronto.

December 21, 2017

Effective Collaboration in an Unlikely Place

A 16-agency coalition in the New York City area offers lessons for other regions.