Ruth Sappelt

2013 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 29, 2013
Graduate Degree:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree:University of California, Berkeley
Area of Interest:Housing Issues
Mentors:Tim Warren, The Warren Group and Laura Delgado, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Agency:Office of Representative Kevin Honan, House Chair of the Joint Committee for Housing
Supervisor:Kurt Stiegel, Office of Representative Kevin Honan
Project Description:Ruth spent her summer in the office of Representative Kevin Honan (D, Allston-Brighton), who is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Housing in the Massachusetts State Legislature. She augmented the Committee’s research of two bills, H.44 and H.1094, which propose substantive, though very different, reforms to public housing administration. She joined Committee members at numerous site visits and public hearings on the proposed reforms. She also personally interviewed public housing experts, administrators and staff to gain a nuanced understanding of the issues and receive candid input from all stakeholders. Ruth developed a framework for qualitative analysis of a broad array of recommendations. In the fall, she will return to work with the Committee to synthesize its findings and determine how the Committee can best support public housing residents and their surrounding communities around the state.