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Graduate School:Harvard Kennedy School
Along the way, he learned that non-profit organizations like BPE need to work in close partnership with their local government counterparts if they hope to be successful. The conventional wisdom is that the non-profit sector is there to address what government cannot. But the non-profit and government sectors don’t have to be siloed – they can work together.
Matthew says that the Rappaport Fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to not only gain insights into state and local government institutions in Massachusetts; it also affords fellows the chance to reimagine their public sector careers. Having worked in federal policy and national politics for several years prior to entering graduate school, I saw the Rappaport Fellowship as a perfect opportunity to learn more about the capacity for change at the local level, and the experience did not disappoint.
In addition to my work with BPE, the fellowship’s co-curricular programming introduced me to a diverse fellowship cohort and showed me the City of Boston in a more revealing way than I ever could have imagined. From a visit at an after-school arts program in South Boston to a tour of a wind turbine blade testing facility, I benefitted from an incredible "insider’s view" into what makes the city of Boston tick.