Current Fellows

Kelly Blynn

Kelly Blynn

Graduate Degree: MIT
Undergraduate Degree: Middlebury College
Area of Interest: Transportation Issues
Mentors: Erica Simmons, Volpe and Phil Puccia, JP Morgan Securities
Agency: MA Department of Transportation and MBTA
Supervisor: Scott Hamwey, Manager of Long Range Planning, MA DOT and Laurel Paget-Seekins, Director of Strategic
Project Description: Kelly will work in the Office of Transportation Planning at MassDOT and at the MBTA on a range of transit planning and data analysis projects.

   
 

Jasper Frank

Graduate Degree: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Jim Segel, ADS Ventures and Jake Horowitz, Pew Charitable Trusts
Agency: Office of Governor Charles Baker
Supervisor: Adam Weikel, Director of Special Projects
Project Description: Jasper will work at the Office of Governor Charles Baker on projects with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Department of Children and Families.

 
John Hansen

John Hansen

Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate Degree: University of Puget Sound
Area of Interest: Education Issues
Mentors: Steph Hirsch, Consultant and Antoniya Owens, The Boston Foundation
Agency: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Supervisor: Carrie Conaway, Director of Research and Policy
Project Description: John will be working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on a joint-project with the Department of Higher Education to study college degree completion. The goal is to identify state policies and programs that influence postsecondary success, especially the amount of time it takes students to complete a degree. He'll be looking specifically at the extent to which time to degree is related to high school and district characteristics, high school course enrollment, and postsecondary programs and policies. 

 
Brandy Henry

Brandy Henry

Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Ben Forman, MassINC and Robey Champine, Yale University
Agency: MA Department of Correction
Supervisor: Rhiana Kohl, Executive Director, Department of Strategic Planning and Research
Project Description: Brandy will be working with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.  During her fellowship she plans to investigate the role that substance abuse plays in the commission of crimes.  Research methods will include surveys and in depth interviews.

 

 
Anna Isaacson

Anna Isaacson

Graduate Degree: Boston University Questrom School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College
Area of Interest:  Economic Development and Innovation Technology
Mentors: Amy Dain, Dain Research and Devin Quirk, Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
Agency: City of Boston Department of Innovation and Technology
Supervisor: Kelly Mackey, Business Analyst
Project Description:  Anna’s Rappaport placement is in the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation & Technology, where she will be working on the City’s new online permitting system. Anna will create a map of the process that Boston’s homeowners follow when obtaining permits through the City. In addition, Anna will diagram several specific permit types and the steps that City departments currently take to process them. These models will serve as precursors to product specifications for the City’s third-party developer. Finally, Anna will analyze the results from the first roll-out of the permitting system in order to define the product’s metrics for success.

 
Kaiti Jones

Kaitlin Jones

Graduate Degree: Boston College School of Social Work
Undergraduate Degree: Belmont University
Area of Interest: Immigration Issues
Mentors: Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University School of Journalism and Ksenia Kaladiouk, McKinsey Associates
Agency: Office of Resilience and Racial Equity
Supervisor: Atyia Martin, Chief Resilience Officer
Project Description:  Kaiti will work at the City of Boston’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity.

 
Reilly Kiernan

Reilly Kiernan

Graduate Degree: Harvard Kennedy School/Harvard Business School
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University
Area of Interest: Workforce Development Issues
Mentors: Jennifer James, MA Office of Workforce Development
Agency: Mayor's Office of Economic Development, City of Boston
Supervisor: Meghan Haggerty, Director of Operations
Project Description:  Reilly Kiernan will be working at the City of Boston's Mayor's Office of Economic Development.

 
Minjee Kim

Minjee Kim

Graduate Degree: MIT
Undergraduate Degree: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Area of Interest: Economic Development Issues
Mentors: Vivien Li, Riverlife and Laura Delgado, MIT
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisor: Jonathan Greeley, Director of Development Review
Project Description: Minjee will work with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on development review issues.

 
Techrosette Leng

Techrosette Leng

Graduate Degree: Tufts University
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Community Development Issues
Mentors: Jessica Casey, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Colleen Dawicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Agency: MassDevelopment and City of Revere
Supervisor: David Bancroft, Senior Vice President, Community Development
Project Description: Tech will be working jointly with MassDevelopment and the City of Revere on a Gateway Cities project.

 
 

Andreas Mitchell

Graduate Degree: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St. Louis
Area of Interest: Mental Health Issues
Mentors: Representative Jeff Sanchez, House Chair of Joint Committee of Public Health Finance and Melissa Threadgill, Community Resources for Justice
Agency: MA Office of Health and Human Services
Supervisor:
Project Description: Andreas will be working on projects focusing on opioid addiction.

 

 
Sana Shaikh

Sana Shaikh

Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkeley
Area of Interest: Education Issues
Mentors: Tom Keane, Consultant and Kristen Joyce, Mathematica
Agency: Boston Public Schools
Supervisor: Jonathan Sproul, Director, School/Community Partnerships
Project Description: This summer at Boston Public Schools, Sana will conduct a literature review, synthesizing successful school-community initiatives and policies implemented on a district-level throughout the United States. She then, specifically, will analyze the policies within Boston Public Schools, creating fidelity measures to determine school-community partnership effectiveness. Armed with this research, Sana’s primary responsibility throughout the summer will be to develop a comprehensive policy recommendation brief for the school-community partnerships team. These policy recommendations are based on two primary data points: the detailed literature review and qualitative interviews. Sana will interview school administrators, community members, and BPS partners. The premise of the interviews is two-fold: first, to assess which past policy initiatives are deemed most successful for these stakeholders. Second, the interviews will elicit feedback, insight that will help develop and shape her proposed policy initiatives during the summer.

 
Gail Waterhouse

Gail Waterhouse

Graduate Degree: Northeastern University
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University
Area of Interest: Community Development Issues
Mentors: Brian Doherty, Boston Metropolitan District Building and Trades Council and Brendan Goodwin, MA Department of Housing and Community Development
Agency: MA Department of Housing and Community Development
Supervisor: Mark Southard, Community Development Manager
Project Description: Gail will be working on will be reassessing the Community Wide Needs score, which is used to assess eligibility and funds for cities and towns in Massachusetts to receive federal Community Development Block Grants from HUD, and if necessary, proposing the creation of a new score to calculate how these funds are allocated. She will also be reassessing the poverty scale used to distribute community services grants from HUD, and creating a poverty map of Massachusetts that will help document how poverty has shifted in Massachusetts communities in recent decades.