Elisabeth Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future

Elisabeth Reynolds is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer in MIT’s Dept. of Urban Studies in Planning where she received her PhD. She is the executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center as well as MIT’s Institute-wide initiative on the Work of the Future (WotF) created 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.

Before coming to MIT, Reynolds was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit founded by Professor Michael Porter focused on job and business growth in inner cities. She has been actively engaged in efforts to rebuild manufacturing capabilities in the US as a member of the MA Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, and more recently, the MA Emergency Response Team set up in the face of COVID-19 to increase the state’s production of PPE.