Donald E. Zizzi

Adjunct Professor, City Planning and Urban Affairs

B.A., Fordham University; M.P.A., Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy

Don Zizzi is an adjunct professor of urban and regional economics in Boston University’s Metropolitan College Department of Applied Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow in UMass Lowell's Center for Industrial Competitiveness, and a visiting professor in UML’s Department of Regional Economic and Social Development. Don is also a planning consultant assisting both private and public sector clients in the areas of economic and business development.

Don was a Senior Research Associate at Northeastern University’s Center for Urban and Regional Policy where he directed the center's Economic Development Partnership, a program designed to better enable communities around the country to compete for critically needed private sector job generating investment.

Prior to joining academia, Don had extensive planning and management experience in both the public and private sectors. During his more than twenty years in public service, he served as the Executive Director of Nashua Regional Planning Commission and chief planner in Schenectady County, NY, before that. In the private sector, Don managed remote facility development and operations for Adaptec, a Silicon Valley based technology firm; and he headed the company's strategic planning initiative to support future business opportunities and to plot the course for the company's global expansion.

Don was one of the founding members of the Nashua, NH Center for Economic Development, serving eight years on its executive committee and helping to establish its innovative business incubator. He also served on the board of directors of the Gateway Industrial Development Corporation and is currently a member of both the New Hampshire Economic Development Advisory Council and the Nashua Business and Industrial Development Authority.

Don is also a member of Metropolitan College’s Urban Affairs Program Advisory Board.

Current and Past Courses:

Courses in Development:

  • Regions, Regionalism and Metropolitan Governance (Spring 2010)