Graduate School:Northeastern University
Undergraduate School:Ryerson University
Areas of interest:Housing
Mentor:Paul Scapicchio, Mintz Levin Strategies
Placement:Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Supervisor:April Anderson Lamoureux, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development
Project description:From May 2011 to September 2011, Jessica worked with the Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, in the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on two projects. The first project was to draft an Executive Order that, if signed by the Governor, will mandate state agencies to direct technical assistance and infrastructure investments to identified areas for housing and economic growth. The objective of this draft Executive Order is to encourage cities and towns to collaborate with regional planning agencies to plan ahead for growth by participating in a comprehensive planning process. The second project that she worked on over the summer was leading the launch of the online application tool used by cities and towns to complete and submit MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant applications (website ). Through a series of online "lunch & learn" information sessions and online documentation, cities and towns learned about the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and how to apply, edit, and submit applications using the online application tool. Overall, she was able to spend my summer collaborating with a number of state agencies to gain experience in policy development, as well as gain experience leading the development and implementation of a policy initiative. It was a great summer!
My experience as a Rappaport Fellow was very rewarding. Over ten weeks, each of the 14 policy fellows grew to know each other, experienced a series of seminars all over the City of Boston, participated in check-in sessions to discuss the challenges and successes of their fellowships, were introduced to mentors, and met a number of very driven and very dedicated people in the public policy environment. I believe that it is obvious to the fellows and to those who are alum and involved in this fellowship that it is extremely well organized and that the people involved care and have gone to great efforts to make it a positive experience. I feel like I made a difference this summer and I can honestly say that when I hear the other fellows speak about their experiences they also feel like they made a difference, which means that the Rappaport Institute made a very big difference over the last ten weeks, for both the fellows involved and the agencies and organizations that participated in this experience.