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Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree:Wesleyan University
Area of interest:Economic development, housing, CitiStat/government accountability
Mentor:Larry DiCara, Nixon and Peabody, LLP
Agency:Boston Public Schools
Supervisor:John McDonough, Chief Financial Officer
Project Description:Leif Dormsjo arranged for placement with the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, John McDonough. He focused on the school system's food service program. Over the last two years, the food service operation has suffered significant deficits on account of dropping participation, poor accountability systems, and aging equipment. Working with the program managers to identify specific areas in need of improvement, Mr. Dormsjo developed policy and operational recommendations for boosting participation, benchmarking performance, and overhauling production and serving activities. In addition to recommending in-house program enhancements, he collaborated with the procurement office to develop a request for proposals (RFP) for consulting bids to improve the attractiveness, variety, and nutritional quality of meal offerings.