Brandy H.M. Brooks

2010 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2010

Graduate DegreeSuffolk University
Undergraduate Degree:Boston Architectural College
Areas of interest:Community and Economic Development
Mentor:Chrystal Kornegay, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge and Mary Jo Meisner, VP for Communications and External Affairs, The Boston Foundation
Agency:Cambridge Community Development Department
Supervisor:Susan Glazer, Acting Assistant City Manager for Community Development; Stuart Dash, Director of Community Planning
Project description:Brandy's project for the summer was a feasibility study on the development of a public market at Lechmere Square in Cambridge, prepared for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department. She had a tremendous amount of autonomy in this project – from determining the appropriate content to conducting interviews and writing the final report – but she also had wonderful support from her supervisors, Susan Glazer and Stuart Dash, and the whole staff at CDD. Her work included research on public market development, governance and operations in markets across the country, as well as research on the history, planning, and development of Lechmere Square and its surrounding neighborhood. She was fortunate to be able to visit several public markets in other cities because of my personal travel plans, and these site visits and interviews were incredibly valuable for our research. The final report will be presented to the City Council in the coming months, and will also be shared with interested stakeholders in the community.

Brandy says "The Rappaport Fellowship has been an exceptional professional experience for me. Since I began my graduate program in Public Administration, I have become very interested in municipal government, and the Fellowship offered me the perfect opportunity for an inside look at city administration. I was fortunate to work in a department of dedicated and talented professionals who believe in and enjoy the work they do; my conversations with them revealed the challenge of balancing various constituent interests and maintaining openness in public decision-making.

The Rappaport Fellowship is not just any internship; Fellows make significant contributions to the agencies where they work and are highly sought-after. My placement enabled the City to carry out an important project in response to constituent interests. My supervisors trusted and respected my skills as a professional and allowed me a tremendous amount of independence in my project. I cannot recommend the Fellowship enough to students with a passion for public policy and public service."