International conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills


Elisabeth Reynolds

MIT Work of the Future and IPC

Executive Director


Elisabeth Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies in Planning (DUSP). She is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center and most recently, MIT’s Institute-wide Task Force on the Work of the Future (WotF) which was launched in 2018. Her research examines systems of innovation and economic development more broadly with a focus on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries. Prior to coming to MIT, Dr. Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit focused on job and business growth in urban areas. She has been actively engaged in efforts to rebuild U.S. manufacturing capabilities most recently as a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and the state’s emergency response team set up in the face of COVID-19 to increase production of PPE. Dr. Reynolds is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a PhD from MIT DUSP.

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