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|Graduate Degree: Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School
Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkeley
Area of interest: Higher education, town/gown relationships
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisors: Linda Kowalcky, Mayor's Liaison to Higher Education and Gerald Autler, Project Manager
Project Description: Matthew Murray spent the summer at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) working with Linda Kowalcky, the Mayor’s Liaison to Higher Education, and Gerald Autler, the BRA’s project manager in charge of institutional master planning for Boston colleges and universities. His main project was to research and provide recommendations regarding ways the BRA and the City of Boston might best leverage local colleges and universities to promote economic development in the life sciences sector, with a particular emphasis on how the city might best be able to take advantage of Harvard’s new campus expansion in Allston. He also spent time analyzing the number of college and university students living throughout each of the city’s neighborhoods, assisting with the BRA’s institutional master planning process for a variety of Boston institutions of higher education, and documenting programs at local colleges and universities that place students in internships or ask students to conduct consulting-style projects so the City may be able to best take advantage of such programs in the future.