Director of Community Engagement, Urban Edge
“In my role at Urban Edge I work to foster cross-sector collaborations that will improve the health and educational outcomes of our residents. Because of this, I’m particularly looking forward to serving on the BACH Steering Committee with the goal of increasing our influence on resource allocation, and increasing our impact on the larger community.”
Robert Torres is the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Edge, a community development corporation within the Jackson Square neighborhood of Boston, with over 1,300 units of affordable housing. Robert builds relationships with community stakeholders, partners and residents to keep families housed, and advocates for new housing opportunities in Boston. Robert leads a team of organizers and resident service coordination professionals, who focus on supporting active neighborhood associations and providing social service coordination to community residents.
At Urban Edge, Robert has designed and implemented programing aimed to leverage the relationship between housing and health, as well and housing and education. Prior to his work at Urban Edge, Robert worked as the Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Representative Liz Malia, Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In this role, Robert worked on district issues and legislation pertinent to the greater Boston area. Legislative and district accomplishments during his five-year tenure on Beacon Hill include contributions to CORI Reform legislation, Mental Health Parity Act implementation, mandatory foreclosure mediation laws and working to ensure transparent community processes.
Robert received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston where his research focused on housing stability and correlating health outcomes. Robert is originally from a small town outside of Fresno, California, and moved to Boston after graduating from Arizona State University in 2006.