Marie Gay

2015 Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2015
Marie Gay

Graduate Degree: Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree: Simmons College
Area of Interest: Economic Development Issues
Mentors: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Inc. and Zoe Weinrobe, Recap Real Estate Advisors
Agency: MassDevelopment
Supervisor: Richard Henderson, Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Marty Jones, President and CEO
Project Description: As a Rappaport Fellow Marie acted as Mass Development Financing Authority’s (MDFA) primary liaison to other agencies  in the working group, as well as to the Governor’s office. Specific tasks included taking an inventory of surplus properties and state agency occupied and underutilized, properties; analysis of the feasibility of development of identified properties; coordination of outreach to agencies where the identified developable parcels are located; and facilitating partnering opportunities among state agencies, developers and municipalities regarding the conveyance of these parcels for development. This project aligned with many of MDFA’s organizational goals in areas of economic and community development.  The state surplus property disposition process was a collaborative partnership between multiple agencies in which MDFA could assume its role as a developer and a land bank authority. This opportunity allowed the organization to showcase many of its successful projects including the acquisition and renovations of four mental state hospitals, 100 Cambridge St in Downtown Boston, and the Springfield District Courthouse just to cite a few examples. Other projects that  Marie was also involved in assisting during her time at the MDFA consisted of research on best community-engagement practices for the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) on Gateway Cities of Massachusetts and the Community Redevelopment Fund (CRJ) research where she compiled data to survey successful funding models for community development work throughout the state.  All three projects presented themselves as opportunities for the MDFA to engage and contribute to, both in technical expertise and in lending practice.