2001 Public Policy Summer Fellows

2001_ablett.jpgJon Ablett
Graduate Degree:
Babson College
Undergraduate Degree: McGill University
Area of Interest: Municipal Finance
Agency: Office of House Ways and Means
Supervisor: Massachusetts State Representative Thomas Finneran
Project Description: Jon focused on municipal finance issues while at the Office of House Ways and Means.

2001_aspin.jpgMerrel Aspin
Graduate Degree:
Harvard School of Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt
Areas of Interest: Public health
Mentor: Patricia McGovern, Vice President, CareGroup at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
Agency: Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance
Supervisor: Kate Willrich, Director, Managed Care System
Project Description: Merrell worked as an intern with the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance in the Managed Care Program, where she researched contracting issues for the Division's strategic planning process for their upcoming contracting process.

2001_carney.jpgPaul Carney
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University
Areas of Interest: Community and economic development
Mentor: Susan Tracy, The Strategy Group
Agency: Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
Supervisor: Nancy Andersen, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
Project Description: Paul interned at the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency where he underwrote loans for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The state legislature created the Trust Fund to provide funding for affordable housing projects throughout the state. The Fund receives $20 million a year, $14.5 million of which is administered by MassHousing. Fiscal Year 2001, which ended July 1, 2001, was the first year of the Trust. Paul worked with Andrew Winter, the development officer who runs the trust, to process the applications for Trust funding. This involved underwriting the projects and evaluating the quality of the proposed projects. Paul then presented the projects to the Selection Committee, which was responsible for approving the projects. In total he worked on 14 projects and the Trust Fund met its goal of committing all of its funds by the end of the fiscal year. In addition to underwriting projects, he also worked with Andrew to improve the processing and recording of projects for the second year of the Trust. This included the creation of a database for all of the projects submitted.


2001_cazares.jpgLuz Cazares
Graduate Degree:
Harvard, Kennedy School of Government
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago
Areas of Interest: Education
Mentor: Ira Jackson
Agency: Budget Office, City of Boston
Supervisor: Lisa Signori, Director, Budget Office
Project Description: Luz worked at the City of Boston's Budget Office.

2001_georgieva.gifIliana (Georgieva) Gaffney
Graduate Degree:
Boston University School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: St. Michael's College
Areas of Interest: Economic development
Mentor: Marcia Lamb, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Agency: Economic Development Office, City of Brookline
Supervisor: Amy Schectman, Director, Economic Development Office, City of Brookline
Project Description: Iliana researched and provided recommendations on public policies that will enhance Brookline's efforts in supporting small businesses in its commercial areas.

2001_james.jpgJennifer James Price
Graduate Degree:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Hampshire
Area of interest: Workforce Development
Agency: Office of Governor Jane Swift
Supervisor: Jane Swift, Governor of Massachusetts
Project Description: Jennifer worked in the Office of Governor Jane Swift on workforce development issues.


2001_klein.jpgRachel Klein
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Univeristy of Michigan
Areas of Interest: Education and poverty issues
Mentor: Christopher Gabrielli, Massachusetts 2020
Agency: Boston Public Schools
Supervisors: Marty Walz, Director of Human Resources and Rachel Curtis, Associate Director of Human Resources
Project Description: Rachel worked at the Boston Public Schools. She had two distinct projects that centered on teacher recruitment and training. First, She worked for the Director and Associate Director of Human Resources to develop a plan for substitute teacher recruitment, selection, training and retention. Although BPS only filled about 60% of their need for substitutes on any given school day, there was no formal plan for increasing the pool of subs, the quality of subs, or the quality of life for substitute teachers. She helped BPS think about all of these factors, and wrote an action plan that was approved and launched as the Substitute Teacher Initiative in August, 2001. Her second project was to help the Teaching and Learning group think about alternative certification programs for new teachers. Boston faces a teacher shortage, as do most school districts around the country, and has begun to think about ways to increase the pool of incoming teachers. Many school districts, including many large urban districts, have implemented alternative certification programs to train and certify new entrants to the teaching profession more rapidly than do traditional teacher education programs.

Rene Reyes
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Law School
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University
Area of Interest: Intergovernmental Relations
Agency: Office of Attorney General Thomas Reilly
Supervisor: Attorney General Thomas Reilly
Project Description: Rene worked in the Office of Attorney General Thomas Reilly

2001_rubin.gifJosh Rubin
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago
Areas of Interest: Mental health issues
Mentor: Jerry Rappaport, Rappaport Charitable Foundation
Agency: Office of State Representative Kay Khan
Supervisor: Representative Kay Khan
Project Description: Josh worked for State Representative Kay Khan. He focused on several issues relating to mental health issues.

2001_siegel.gifLaura Siegel Critz
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Yale University
Areas of Interest: Housing, urban development, transportation
Mentor: Sam Bass Warner, MIT
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisor: Rebecca Barnes, Chief Planner
Project Description and research links: Laura served her internship with Rebecca Barnes, Chief Planner of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Laura also wrote a chapter on the environment for the 2002 edition of Governing Greater Boston: The Politics and Policy of Place.

2001_sousa.gifDerek Sousa
Graduate Degree:
Suffolk Sawyer School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
Areas of Interest: Economic development
Mentor: Charles Baker, CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Center
Agency: Executive Office of Administration and Finance
Supervisor: Robert Costrell, Chief Economist
Project Description: Derek worked at the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.

2001_spinney.jpgElizabeth Spinney
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland
Areas of Interest: Youth issues
Mentor: Tom Keane, columnist for the Boston Herald
Agency: Office of Boston City Councilor Paul Scapicchio.
Supervisor: Paul Scapicchio, Boston City Councilor
Project Description: Elizabeth worked for Boston City Councilor Paul Scapicchio.

2001_torrell.gifHallie (Torrell) Saxena
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: State University of New York - Fredonia
Areas of Interest: Women's and children's health and welfare
Mentor: Elaine Ullian, President of the Boston Medical Center
Agency: Boston Public Health Commission.
Project Description: Hallie worked at the Boston Public Health Commission.