Jesse Kanson-Benanav moved to the Boston area after graduating from Oberlin College and started working as a community organizer on housing issues with Somerville Community Corporation. He went on to earn a Master in City Planning at MIT with a concentration in housing, community, and economic development. After completing his Masters, Jesse went on to work for several organizations focused on public housing, affordable housing, and real estate development, before returning to Somerville Community Corporation as a Senior Project Manager. He is currently a Senior Project Manager at B’nai B’rith Housing. Jesse also founded and serves as the Chairman for A Better Cambridge, a community group dedicated to smart growth development to preserve and expand diverse, affordable, livable and sustainable neighborhoods.