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|Graduate Degree: Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Areas of interest: Economic Development
Mentor: Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director, Historic Boston, Inc.
Agency: Department of Strategic Planning and Community Development, City of Somerville
Supervisor: Ezra Glenn, Deputy Director, Mayor's Department of Strategic Planning and Community Development
Project Description: Maria Ortiz-Perez worked in the Somerville Mayor’s Office in the Department of Strategic Planning and Community Development laying the groundwork for a Main Streets program in the East Broadway area. Much of her time was spent meeting with the area's diverse community leaders and business owners, as well as preparing for a community meeting with bilingual invitations and outreach on local radio. She also worked for the Director of Planning and Development to recommend future improvements on previous small business assistance programs.