Current Fellows

Emeka Pascal Agudile

Emeka Pascal Agudile

Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
Area of Interest: Immigration Issues
Mentors: Usra Ghazi, Harvard Divinity School
Agency: Office of New Bostonians, City of Boston
Supervisor: Celina Barrios-Millner, Office of New Bostonians
Project Description: Emeka will develop a survey and evaluation tool for community conversations with immigrant groups and will also help set up and facilitate them. These consultations will help identify gaps and disparities in how we serve the immigrant community as a City and will also give the community an opportunity to weigh in on the Immigrant Integration and Empowerment plan. This is a historic effort for Boston and part of a national movement to make our cities more welcoming. Additionally, the fellow will help set up preliminary evaluation tools for the New Americans Corners, a new initiative of the office, that connect immigrant residents to resources about Citizenship and other important programs, in 3 local public libraries.

   
 

Alexandra Ciomek

Graduate Degree: Harvard University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: David Friedman, Boston Red Sox and James Barrett, Wrentham Police Department
Agency: Boston Police Department
Supervisor: David Carabin, Director of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center
Project Description: Alexandra will be working on helping the BRIC implement Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) as a crime analysis and prediction tool. RTM involves analyzing the features of places to identify areas that are most conducive to crime. This can be used as a method to predict crime that goes beyond being based primarily on past crime patterns. Using statistical analyses and a Geographical Information System (GIS), she can work with the BRIC to identify and map conditions of social space that are correlated to crime problems and show which areas of Boston are most vulnerable. After implementing this methodology, we will assess whether RTM is more effective than some of the current operations of crime analysis and prediction and, therefore, whether it should be implemented more formally in the long term. In addition, she will be helping with the effort to utilize more social network analysis as part of crime analysis at the BRIC.

 
Marie Gay

Marie Gay

Graduate Degree: Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree: Simmons College
Area of Interest: Economic Development Issues
Mentors: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Inc. and Zoe Weinrobe, Recap Real Estate Advisors
Agency: MassDevelopment
Supervisor: Richard Henderson, Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Marty Jones, President and CEO
Project Description: Marie is excited to work on the State Surplus Property project with MassDevelopment

 
Philip Kreycik

Philip Kreycik

Graduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Transportation Issues
Mentors: Kevin Sullivan, JP Morgan Securities and Erica Simmons, Volpe, The National Transportation Systems
Agency: Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and Department of Transportation, City of Boston
Supervisor: Kris Carter, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and Charlotte Fleetwood, Department of Transportation
 Because the nature of the fellowship is indicative of workflows at City Hall, you will have 2-3 core projects this summer and opportunity to work on additional initiatives as part of the fellowship team. All fellows are encouraged to be creative in refining and completing their projects, but ultimately are depended upon to produce a final piece of work that is either implemented within the timeframe or packaged for easy transition to City staff. All projects are subject to change as work progresses between now and your start date.

Project #1: Vision Zero / Neighborhood Slow Streets

This project is focused on early action steps of Vision Zero and the neighborhood slow streets program. It will entail researching best practices, exploring potential materials that can be utilized as temporary measures, and building towards a demonstration project. Working closely with BTD Staff, this project will focus on moving vision zero beyond its early stages.

Project #2: “Kayak for Parking”

There are a number of private companies offering app solutions for parking in Boston. The City’s objective is to make the parking experience easier and more directed to help reduce the negative effects associated with cruising for parking spaces. This project is a feasibility analysis for the development of a City owned aggregation platform, similar to Kayak. It will entail interviews with all the current platforms, exploration into other models, a gap analysis, and ultimately recommendations to MONUM and BTD.

Project #3: Traffic Count Database

The current data collection and storage system at the City for traffic count data is underperforming. Traffic counts are completed by developers, submitted in text format and placed in a database that is difficult to access. The benefit of a more integrated and public facing service could support trend analysis on streets over time, civic entrepreneur activities, and smarter planning and engineering from City staff. This summer the City would like to understand best practices and identify a path forward for this project.

 

 
Marcus Mello

Marcus Mello

Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Undergraduate Degree: Swarthmore College
Area of Interest: Planning and Economic Development
Mentors: Carol Burns, Taylor Burns Architects and Jennifer Haugh, Iconic Energy Consulting
Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Supervisor: Anne Haynes, Director of Transformative Development, MassDevelopment and Paul McMorrow, Policy Director, MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Project Description: Marcus will be working with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and MassDevelopment to update a master plan for the Lynn waterfront.

 
James Ostis

James Ostis

  Graduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Boston
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Area of Interest: Economic Development
Mentors: Phil Puccia, JP Morgan Securities and Colleen Dawicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Supervisor: Jay Ash, Secretary of Economic Development
 James will be assisting with the Office of Housing and Economic Development's program on Gateway Cities, with focuses on local leadership in those cities and the role of innovation and technology.

 
Alexandra Rabasco

Alexandra Rabasco

 Graduate Degree: Boston College, School of Social Work
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Tiziana Dearing, Boston College School of Social Work and Melissa Threadgill, Community Resources for Justice
Agency: Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
Supervisor: Leslie Darcy, Deputy Chief of Staff
 Alexandra will be working on projects relating to the opioid epidemic. While details may change as circumstances arise, the bulk of her work will focus on researching and analyzing data, as well as involve collaborating with various members of her office to ensure the tasks required for addressing this social issue is given priority. They also discussed her interest in the homelessness initiative, which again, may involve various projects throughout the summer depending on the needs of the administration.

 
Diana Serrano

Diana Serrano

 Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: Willamette University
Area of Interest: Immigration and Education Issues
Mentors: Julie Boatright Wilson, Harvard Kennedy School and Antoniya Owens, Center for Education Policy Research
Agency: The Children's Trust, Massachusetts Department of Education
Supervisor: Sarita Rogers, Director of Home Visiting
 The Children's Trust is always interested in improving service provision to families, as well as in measuring desired outcomes. During Diana's ten week fellowship, she will work to learn more about measures of parent competency. This knowledge will serve to  inform home visitors practice to better support parents, as well as to develop an instrument/ tool to better measure the impact of programs on parents' competency.

 
Theodora Simon

Theodora Simon

 Graduate Degree: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of San Francisco
Area of Interest: Women's Advancement Issues
Mentors: Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University's School of Journalism and Amy Moran Lowe, Government Accountability Office
Agency: Office of Women's Advancement, City of Boston
Supervisor: Megan Costello, Commissioner
Project Description: Tedde will be working on a variety of women's issues this summer.

 
Heidi Sulman

Heidi Sulman

Graduate Degree: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Mental Health Issues
Mentors: Joan Wallace-Benjamin, The Home for Little Wanderers and Justin Pasquariello, Children's HealthWatch
Agency: Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission
Supervisor: Commissioner Dolores Mitchell
 Heidi will be examining payment and structural models for behavioral health integration for the GIC’s 400,000 members. To do so, she will first perform a literature review and a comparative study of other states’ and insurers’ experiences with carve-in and carve-out programs for behavioral health benefits. She will then conduct extensive interviews with stakeholders – including consumers, advocacy groups, state executives, behavioral health providers, insurers, and policy experts – to ultimately produce a white paper with policy recommendations and implementation methods.

 

 
Danny Vazquez

Danny Vazquez

Graduate Degree: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona
Area of Interest: Health Care Finance Policy
Mentors: Renee Landers, Suffolk University Law School and Daniela Delgado, Harvard Medical School
Agency: Office of State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chair of Public Health Finance
Supervisor: Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chair of Public Health Finance and Sarah Sabshon, Chief of Staff
Project Description: Danny will be working on issues regarding health care finance.

 
Lindsay Woodson

Lindsay Woodson

Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Undergraduate Degree: Syracuse University
Area of Interest: Environmental Issues
Mentors: Vivien Li, The Boston Harbor Association and Nathan Sanders, Legendary Entertainment
Agency: Office of State Representative Denise Provost
Supervisor: Massachusetts State Representative Denise Provost
Project Description: Lindsay is working with State Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville) and a team of experts from Tufts Medical School to draft state legislation regarding design strategies for minimizing health impacts from near roadway air pollution. She will also be hosting a legislative briefing to inform Massachusetts Representatives and Senators about the issue and garner support. She is quite eager to continue informing policy through design.