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Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard College
Areas of interest:Immigration
Mentor:Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Inc.
Agency:Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA)
Supervisors:Alvaro Lima, Director of Research and Mark Melnick, Deputy Director of Research
Project description:Amy worked in the Policy Development and Research Division of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). She spearheaded a study on Latino immigrant organizations in Greater Boston, with a focus on Brazilian, Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran groups. In the first phase she created an inventory of such organizations, from well-established and well-funded non profits to unincorporated grassroots groups. In the second phase, she collected qualitative data through site visits and in-person interviews in order to understand the role these organizations play in local immigrant communities. For her Kennedy School Policy Analysis Exercise, Amy analyzed this data and made policy recommendations to the City of Boston.