Join us in welcoming our 2024 Rappaport Institute Summer Public Policy Fellows!



Inundation District Screening & Panel Discussion

On March 4th, we learned how local policy intertwines with design, development and climate change during this feature-length film about the implications of Boston’s decision to building a new waterfront district —at sea level.


Join the Rappaport Institute in welcoming our new advisory board members.


The Rappaport Institute has released the findings of our analysis of Chelsea Eats,  the largest guaranteed income pilot in the United States to date. Read the full paper to learn more. 

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston supports emerging civic leaders through fellowships, programs, and experiential learning opportunities.

Graduate students spend 10 weeks in Greater Boston's state and local agencies during a paid summer internship. Fellows help agencies advance high-profile, important policy projects and key priorities. 


For more than forty years, this program has provided full-tuition scholarships to help elected and appointed officials from Greater Boston attend HKS's Mid-Career Master's Program.


Experiential learning opportunities and field labs pair students with state and local agencies in Greater Boston to tackle critical policy issues from many angles. 


Appointed officials from Boston and Cambridge are eligible for full- and partial-tuition scholarships to short-term Executive Education programs at the Kennedy School.

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"I had to think critically about policy design and delivery for the range of individuals faced with housing challenges upon release – from elders, to parents, to individuals with disabilities – when providing recommendations for a transitional housing plan for returning citizens. I am grateful to have experienced how the City of Boston is dedicating its resources to improve reentry efforts and reducing the barriers to a successful reintegration into the community." - Alexis Farmer, 2020 Fellow for Boston's Office of Returning Citizens 

Through world-class, in-depth research from Harvard's faculty and post-doctoral students, the Rappaport Institute is helping find solutions to challenges facing Greater Boston and drive policy action. The Institute also serves as a forum for Greater Boston's thought leaders, urban scholars, community advocates, and students to discuss the pressing issues facing the city and its surrounding communities.

Infrastructure projects are often complex and subject to unexpected changes. The paper on which this brief is based studies how contracts for construction work are allocated.


The Rappaport Institute is analyzing the impact of Chelsea Eats, a guaranteed income pilot program launched by the City of Chelsea in September 2020 to support Chelsea residents during the COVID-19 crisis. 


The Massachusetts Food Access project interviewed families to learn about the challenges they faced during the COVID-19 crisis. The project aims to improve the delivery of services and discover stories that motivate action. 

The Greater Boston Debate Series, hosted by the Rappaport Institute and the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School, galvanizes Greater Boston's scholars, students, policymakers, and thought leaders to engage in dynamic conversations and research on critical public policy issues.