Ashley Carlson Dickerson

2008 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2008
Graduate Degree:Harvard School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree:Duke University
Areas of interest: Public Health and Education
Mentor:Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Agency:Office of Rep. Alice Wolf
Supervisor:Jesse Dixon, Legislative Aide, Office of Representative Alice Wolf
Project description:While interning with Representative Wolf at the Massachusetts State House, Ashley analyzed and evaluated various pieces of education and public health legislation. She calculated a cost-benefit analysis on smaller class size and prepared outreach information about new early education and care regulations for early child care providers. In her time at the State House, Ashley had an opportunity to research and give input into the creation of a Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet as part of Governor Patrick’s Readiness Project in the state. The purpose of this cabinet is to bring together the departments of education and health and human services to design a more effective system that will meet all of the needs of children and their families. Ashley hopes to continue her work on the Cabinet at the State House this year.