Deepa Krishna

2010 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2010

Graduate Degree:Boston University Scool of Management
Undergraduate School:New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Areas of interest: Education and Social Services Issues
Mentor:Jim Segel, Special Counsel to U. S. Representative Barney Frank
Agency: City of Boston's Circle of Promise Initiative
Supervisors:Judith Kurland, Chief of Programs and Partnerships, Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, and Eliza Greenberg, Commissioner for Elderly Affairs
Project description:Deepa Krishna spent the summer working for the City of Boston in the Mayor’s Office primarily on the Circle of Promise, a neighborhood-based education initiative designed to improve student achievement, family engagement, and community outreach in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the South End, and Roxbury. Along with three other Rappaport Fellows, she defined the scope of the Circle, identified the City’s priority areas for Years 1-3, and built out an operating structure and timeline to oversee and coordinate future actions taken by the City. She also had the opportunity to work with the Boston EITC Coalition and MTAC on strategy and development related issues.

"Despite my private sector background in the film and television industry, I was able to easily able to enter the public sector due to the the Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship. I was immediately able to meet with the Rappaport Institute’s contacts at federal, state and municipal agencies while searching for a summer placement, which was a great introduction to the opportunities available that were of interest to me. After deciding on the Mayor’s Office in the City of Boston, I then spent ten weeks watching the City operate in real-time, and gained a better understanding of how the City identifies needs and then moves forward to develop and implement policy. I found the Rappaport summer seminar series to be the perfect supplement to my work because it allowed me to explore Boston neighborhoods that directly related to the work I was doing at City Hall. I was also lucky enough to have worked on a project with several other fellows with whom I know I will maintain lifelong professional and personal relationships." Deepa Krishna