Jennifer Vorse Wilka

2010 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2010
Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree:Williams College
Areas of interest: Community and Social Services Issues
Mentor:Larry DiCara, Nixon Peabody, LLP
Agency:Office of the Mayor, City of Boston
Supervisors:Judith Kurland, Chief of Programs and Partnerships, Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, and Eliza Greenberg, Commissioner of Elderly Affairs
Project Description:Jennifer worked in the Mayor's Office in the City of Boston on the Circle of Promise initiative. The Circle of Promise is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Public Schools, as well as other City departments and partners, to support educational achievement, family self-sufficiency, and community stability for students and families in some of Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. She began the summer by gathering and presenting descriptive data about the Circle of Promise to identify characteristics, assets, and challenges of these children, families, and neighborhoods; and to understand how the Circle of Promise differs from the City of Boston at large. Working with a team of Rappaport Fellows, she helped develop a theory of change and overarching strategy for the Circle of Promise, and outlined a work plan for the initiative’s first year.