The City of Somerville named a new head of Planning and Community Development Thursday.
Michael Glavin, former deputy director for institutional development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, will assume duties Oct. 17, the city said.
Glavin comes to the city with more than 20 years of development experience in the banking sector, and has held posts at Bank of America, FleetBoston Financial, and BankBoston, according to the city.
He also brings five years experience as director of community development for the City of Chelsea.
Glavin comes to Somerville after spending much of his efforts at the BRA focusing on the Harvard University expansion in Allston. The Cambridge institution recently announced approval of Tata Hall, a mixed-use facility that will host dormitories for graduate students.
He was also involved in Google's recent investment of $28 million in an affordable housing complex set to be built on the former site of Brighton Mills, also in Allston.
"Somerville is home to some of the most exciting urban development zones anywhere," Glavin said in a statement. "The city is ideally located within the Boston metropolitan marketplace and, with the Orange and Green lines on the near horizon, it has the opportunity to be a national model for how dynamic a city can be."