Caroline Koch

2014 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 27, 2014

Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree:University of Massachusetts Amherst
Area of Interest:Community Development Issues
Mentors:Phil Puccia, JP Morgan and Margaret Keaveny, Cambridge Housing Authority
Agency:Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
Supervisor: Devin Quirk, Director of Operations and Donald Wright, Deputy Director of the Real Estate Management Division, DND
Project Description:During her time at the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Caroline worked on a student housing initiative to improve the quality and safety of student housing in Boston. As part of this initiative, Caroline was responsible for managing and analyzing all off-campus student housing data that Boston colleges and universities submitted to the City. Caroline’s analysis of the student housing data was used by the Department of Inspection Services to identify areas with overcrowding and unsafe conditions in Boston. In addition, the student housing data and analysis will be used by Mayor Walsh’s office to establish best practices for student housing in the future. Caroline also worked with the Real Estate Management Division and the Neighborhood Housing Development Division at DND to enhance the community process model in order to better engage DND staffers and constituents in the sale of city owned property throughout the Boston community.

Caroline says "The Rappaport Fellowship provided me with a unique opportunity to combine theory and practice to advance public policy in my own community. Through the fellowship, I witnessed first-hand how working on the ground with different community stakeholders and utilizing data and research can push policy forward. Furthermore, I learned to never underestimate the power of working with the unfamiliar. Through the Rappaport fellowship, I was able to explore policy issues that were completely new to me and that I came to develop a passion for. In addition, the support and dedication from my two supervisors helped me gain a practical understanding of the relationship between government and public policy and has also encouraged me to seek a job in the public sector upon graduation. I am honored to be a part of the influential and passionate network of people that are involved with the Rappaport Institute and excited to use this experience to promote the vitality of the Commonwealth in my future career."