Keith Cialino

2009 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2009

Graduate Degree:UMass Boston
Undergraduate Degree:La Salle University
Areas of interest:Environmental Issues
Mentor:Vivien Li, President, The Boston Harbor Association
Agency:US EPA, New England, Region I
Project description:Keith worked at the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While there, he assisted with implementing the Regional Beach Strategy that focuses on collaboration with priority communities experiencing chronic beach closures due to poor water quality. In support of this, he developed Beach Action Plans for communities in the Greater Boston and Massachusetts Bay region. These Action Plans outline a strategy that builds and facilitates a consensus approach among local, state, and federal agencies to improve water quality at local beaches and protect human health. More information about the Beach Initiative can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/ne/eco/beaches/overview.html.

Keith says that his experience as a Rappaport Fellow was a great opportunity to address a complex issue affecting the Boston area. During his time at EPA New England, he enjoyed seeing the role that science plays in the policy process. He was also able to experience the diversity of Boston public policy issues through the Wednesday seminars and his interactions with the other fellows.