Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Former Executive Director, IPC

Elisabeth Reynolds works at the National Economic Council asSpecial Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development.

Elisabeth Reynolds was a principal research scientist and executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center as well as a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). She was the executive director of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future from 2018 to 2020. Her research examines systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. She has focused in particular on the theory and practice of cluster development and regional innovation systems and advises several organizations in this area. Her current research focuses on advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries.

Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., 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 urban areas. She is a member of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and a board member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council and Issue One.

Liz holds a B.A. in government from Harvard. She was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.


Innovation In Institutions And Technology Can Help Us In The Post-Pandemic Recovery, , Forbes Magazine, 2021

The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines, MIT, 2020

U.S. Needs a National Manufacturing Strategy, Virginia Economic Review, 2020

The Nature of Work after the COVID Crisis: Too Few Low-Wage Jobs, The Hamilton Project, 2020

Innovation in Brazil, Advancing Development in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2019

Strengthening advanced manufacturing innovation ecosystems: The case of Massachusetts, Elsevier, vol. 136(C), pages 178-191., 2018

Innovation and Production: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Trends and Implications for US Cities and Regions, Built Environment, Vol. 43, Number 1, Spring 2017, pp. 25-43(19), 2017

The University as an Engine of Innovation: Critical Case Studies from Brazil and the U.S., 2017

Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing, Industrial Performance Center, 2015


On the Tech Trail Podcast, Season 2, Episode 3, The Opportunity Gap, 2021

Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, Making Sure that Workers aren't Left out of a Changing U.S. Workforce, February 28, 2021

Money Talks, The Economist Podcast, The great divergence—how will covid-19 change the economic world order? , October 27, 2020.

FreeForm Channel, S1, Ep2, "Kal Penn approves Education", September 29, 2020

The Hill Events, Work Redefined, September 24, 2020

The Indicator from Planet Money on NPR, Work After COVID, July 28, 2020

Business Daily, BBC, Dealing with Mass Unemployment, July 27, 2020

MIT News, The changing world of work, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future responds to rapid changes brought by the pandemic., 2020

CNBC, Watch live: CNBC's @Work Livestream — Leadership & Management Amid Crisis, 2020

Union Leader, Technology could help Employers temper the Workforce Shortage, 2020

IEEE Spectrum, AI and the Future of Work: The Prospects for Tomorrow’s Jobs, 2019

NPR 1A, Across America: Auto Workers and Automation, 2019

WBUR Radio Boston, How to Revive Manufacturing in Massachusetts, 2017

WGBH Morning Edition, Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing, 2015

WGBH The Innovation Hub, Are American Workers the Best?, 2013

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