Stephanie Bloch

2011 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2011
Stephanie Bloch

Graduate School: Boston University
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Areas of interest: Community and Economic Development
Mentor: Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director, Historic Boston Inc.
Placement: Mayor's Office, City of Boston
Supervisor: Abi Vladeck, Mayor's Office and Christopher Osgood, co-chair, New Urban Mechanics Program
Project description: This summer, Steph was a Rappaport fellow placed in the City of Boston Mayor’s Office. She was working to help small businesses unravel the permitting process and found several ways to tackle this. She helped the Office of Business Development and Boston Redevelopment Authority to launch a joint website that will go live in mid-October; wrote and graphically designed several information packets to be placed in a forthcoming Licensing & Permitting Office; and produced a Boston News Network program featuring a panel discussion about the processes involved in obtaining various permits.

As a Rappaport Fellow this summer, I had some great opportunities to meet interesting fellows, the Commissioners of City agencies, State officials, and I even baked cookies with “T” logos on them for State Transportation Secretary Rich Davey when he was still the General Manager of the MBTA. One of my highlights of the summer was when I got to plan a start-up business seminar for my co-Fellows. I was the only MBA Candidate in the bunch this year, so it was a lot of fun for me to take the whole group to 3 small businesses in Somerville to hear from the owners what it was like to get off the ground. Aside from the great learning and networking experiences I had this summer, I really appreciate the friends I made just by spending time with all of the other Fellows.