2002 Public Policy Summer Fellows

2002_adamson.gifJeff Adamson
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisville
Areas of Interest: Municipal governance, health insurance and labor management
Mentor: Carl Case, Wellesley College
Agency: Office of the Town Administrator, Town of Belmont
Supervisor: Joyce Munroe, Town Administrator
Project Description: Jeff assisted in the cost analysis of the early retirement incentive program and in the bargaining for a change in prescription drug benefits. He also analyzed health insurance, labor management, public information, general service delivery, and municipal finance issues.

Cassandra Arnaud
Graduate Degree:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree: McGill University
Area of Interest: Housing
Agency: Cambridge Community Development Department
Project Description: Cassie worked on housing issues at the Cambridge Community Development Department.

2002_bell.jpgCharity (Bell) Lewitt
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: New England Conservancy of Music
Areas of Interest: Social Services and children in need
Mentor: Patricia McGovern, Vice President of CareGroup at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Agency: Massachusetts Department of Social Services
Supervisor: Joy Aliss Cochran, Director, Human Resources
Project Description: Charity reviewed current availability of dental care for Department of Social Service foster/pre-adoptive children and devised plan to encourage greater participation in the MassHealth Dental plan by Dentists. Charity also developed survey for foster parents regarding the daily reimbursement rate for foster care, which assessed the cost of providing care for foster children. Finally in conjunction with the 5 Boston Area Offices, she developed and implemented yearlong foster parent recruitment plan.

2002_dain.jpgAmy Dain
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University
Areas of Interest: Environmental policy
Mentor: Vivian Li, Executive director of the Boston Harbor Association
Agency: Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
Supervisor: Eric Friedman, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
Project Description: Amy created a protocol for conducting an annual greenhouse gas inventory for state agencies, researched sustainability indicators, wrote a memo on outdoor lighting policy, and contributed to a state report on dioxin. She also helped put together a fact sheet on sustainable design, researched all sorts of sustainability factoids, and searched for many fun things on the web. After her placement, Amy Dain is headed up a project co-sponsored by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research studying housing regulations and creating an on-line database. This comprehensive Internet database provides the information necessary to understand regulatory issues in every city and town in Massachusetts. By making the regulatory regime for housing "transparent" – clear and visible to all – opinion leaders and policy makers will have the tools they need to understand and act.

2002_elias.jpgBram Elias
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan
Areas of Interest: Economic and racial integration
Mentor: Tom Keane, Boston Herald columnist
Agency: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Supervisor: Lise Marx, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Project Description: Bram was asked to obtain and summarize water and/or wastewater master planning documents from "peer" (to MWRA) utilities throughout the U.S. Besides reviewing and summarizing each plan, he was also asked to make judgments about the applicability of different approaches for MWRA’s purposes and to identify "Best Practices" for plan development. He also followed the ongoing regulatory and public participation process for development of combined sewer overflow control plans for the South Boston beaches.

Monica (Frattaroli) Shea
Graduate Degree:
Boston University School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: College of the Holy Cross
Areas of Interest: Education reform
Mentor: Jerry Rappaport, Chairman of the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation
Agency: Commissioner's Office of the Massachusetts Department of Education
Supervisor:  Elizabeth Pauley, Director of Research, Policy, and Evaluation
Project Description: Monica developed a seminar for school administrators to address leadership issues.

2002_greenfield.jpgLisa Greenfield
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Undergraduate Degree: Brandeis University
Areas of Interest: Urban Planning
Mentor: Marcia Lamb, Co-director of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisor: Rebecca Barnes, Chief Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Project Description: Lisa worked on several projects under the supervision of the Chief Planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

2002_lattu.jpgLisa Lattu
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Undergraduate Degree: Texas A&M
Areas of Interest: Neighborhood Revitalization
Mentor: David Ellis, former president of Museum of Science
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisor: Rebecca Barnes, Deputy Director for Planning and Zoning
Project Description: Lisa worked on several projects under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Planning and Zoning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Terese (Novak) Smith
Graduate Degree:
Boston University School of Management
Undergraduate Degree: Smith College
Areas of Interest: Social injustice and health policies
Mentor: Ira Jackson, Consultant
Agency: Office of Intergovernmental Relations, City of Boston
Supervisor: Dina Siegel, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Relations
Project Description: Terese completed program development, research & writing of federal HHS grant for Early Learning Opportunities submitted by a collaboration of city/community early care providers. She completed a welfare/TANF research paper on Boston caseload demographics, drafting of TANF resolution and talking points for US Conference of Mayors meeting. She also created a PowerPoint presentation for group of private family funders on needs & challenges in the early care & education system in Boston. Finally, she was a grant reviewer for two city review panels: Safe Neighborhood Youth Fund & Child Care Quality Improvement Fund.

2002_ortiz.jpgLarisa Ortiz
Graduate Degree:
MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University
Areas of Interest: Rehabilitation of buildings
Mentor: Alex Krieger, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Agency: Boston Redevelopment Authority
Supervisor: Meg Kiely, Planner
Project Description: Larisa’s fellowship included assisting project managers with any and all tasks related to their work, ranging from writing RFP’s to assisting in the review of proposals. She also worked closely with Bruce Ehrlich, Senior Financial Analyst on a number of marketing and feasibility analyses. She focused primarily on projects that included a strong adaptive reuse component. Her specific projects include: Marketing and Feasibility Analyses, RFPs for the Bates School, research for a preservation grant for the Charlestown Navy Yard, participation on a Blue Ribbon Panel for BRA foundation partnerships and requests.

2002_potter.jpgSarah Potter
Graduate Degree:
Suffolk University, Department of Political Science
Undergraduate Degree: Smith College
Areas of Interest: Social policy for families and children
Mentor: Susan Tracy, The Strategy Group
Agency: Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Supervisor: Dee Bertozzi, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Project Description: Sarah worked for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on a report on Children's Mental Health in the Commonwealth, a resource guide for mental health services, and a review of 1-2 DOE funded pilot projects working with children impacted by trauma within the school environment.

2002_smith.jpgAllen Fernandez Smith
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois
Areas of Interest: Education policy
Mentor: Charles Baker, CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Center
Agency: Boston Public Schools
Supervisor: Dishon Mills, Boston Public Schools
Project Description: Al worked for the Office of Curriculum and and Instructional Practices of the Boston Public Schools. He created Best Practices Journals to accompany Boston Public Schools’ (BPS’s) Bridging the Gap initiative, a training series for out-of-school time professionals. The Journals contained the information disseminated at the trainings. Al collected this information and organized it into a user-friendly format. Whenever necessary, he communicated with the trainers to get additional information. In addition, Al worked at one of our summer programs as a basketball coach. Al also helped out in all other areas of the BPS after school work.

2002_thomaskutty.jpgChristopher Thomaskutty
Graduate Degree:
Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree: Birmingham-Southern College
Areas of Interest: Municipal governance
Mentor: Ben Taylor
Agency: Financial Office, City of Somerville
Supervisor: Pat McCormick, Chief Financial Officer
Project Description: Christopher worked for the Chief Financial Officer of the City of Somerville. He researched the feasibility of adapting Baltimore's CitiStat program in the City of Somerville. He also drafted the SomerStat program.