Dr. Terence Milstead is currently Director of Research and Planning at Portfolio Associates, Inc. (PAI), a Philadelphia-based private consulting firm that develops research-based civic engagement & communication strategies related to urban development & social policy. Clients have included Philadelphia International Airport, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue (DOR) and many others.
He received a Masters degree (2005) and a PhD (2008) in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University with a focus on housing and community development. He was also the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Lithuania (2006-2007) where he conducted field research on housing issues in the former Soviet Union.
During his career he has been responsible for coordinating Citizens' Advisory Committees (CACs) to three Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and developing civic engagement strategies across an eight-county coastal region in his native Florida, served as a Community & Economic Development Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Bulgaria and in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina where he worked on civil society-building, and spent extended periods living and working both in Asia and South America.
From 2008-2014, he was an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he specialized in teaching applied planning studio courses, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has also taught as adjunct faculty at both Temple and Penn State, including courses on International Development, Creative Place-Making and Non-Motorized Transportation Planning.