Renee Roy Elias

Manager of Strategic Programs and Research

Renee Roy Elias, Ph.D. is Manager of Strategic Programs and Research at the Build Healthy Places Network, where she leads the organization’s measurement research, development of practitioner resources, and advisory services to facilitate cross-sector collaboration.

Prior to her work at the Network, Renee was a researcher at the Center for Community Innovation at UC Berkeley and an independent consultant to Bay Area community groups on a variety of healthy food access initiatives. She previously worked as an urban designer and planner at the Remaking Cities Institute and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (both at Carnegie Mellon University) where she developed design strategies for a reclaimed brownfield site and initiated an award-winning grocery store project in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Renee has co-authored publications on neighborhood investment, measurement, and the healthy communities movement. She currently serves on the 100 Million Healthier Lives’ National Measurement Workgroup and is a former member of the Oakland Food Policy Council.

Renee received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design, both from Carnegie Mellon University, and a M.S. in Human Geography from the University of Oxford, England.