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Aditya AchantaAditya Achanta
Graduate School:
Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Interest Area: Public health equity issues
Mentors: Jim Segel, Chair, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Audrey Morse Gasteier, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector and former Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow
Placement: COVID-19 Command Center
Supervisor: Ryan Schwarz, Director of Policy for Accountable Care, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Project Description: Aditya is assisting with the COVID-19 response. Since late-March he has been interning at Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center’s procurement and testing teams. He has created and maintains a tracker for medical equipment and device offers, evaluates these offers by regulatory requirements, technical specifications, and demand estimates, and gives recommendations for purchasing decisions. He also answers scientific questions for the testing team about various topics such as saliva based testing strategy, sensitivity of PCR testing during different periods of the disease course, and 3-D printed swab viability. For his final project, he is writing a white paper regarding the state level coordination of rapid manufacturing capabilities in response to medical equipment and device shortages.

Xiomara AlvarezXiomara Alvarez
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: University of California Berkeley
Interest Area: Environmental Issues
Mentors: Carol Burns, Principal, Taylor Burns Architects and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Amanda Formica, National Grid and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Boston Department of the Environment
Supervisors: Peyton Jones, Climate Resilience Program Coordinator and Zoe Davis, Climate Resilience Project Coordinator
Project Description: Xiomara will be working at the City of Boston Department of the Environment on the second phase of coastal resilience planning for East Boston and Charlestown. Xio will support the launch of this project by participating in the RFP selection process and supporting community engagement with the consultant team.

Gray BabbsGray Babbs
Graduate School: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate School: Carleton College
Interest Area: LGBTQ+ Policy
Mentors: Jeffrey Sanchez, Rasky Partners, Inc. and former Rappaport/Boston Urban Scholar and Sasha Albert, Brandeis University and a former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
Supervisor: Lisa Belmarsh, Director of Policy and Training
Project Description: Gray Babbs will work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services reviewing their SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) collection data and looking for possible differences between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth in their care. Because the office is concerned about possible homophobic and transphobic harassment among youth, Gray may also be working on LGBTQ issue and sensitivity trainings for youth.

Nick BrennerNick Brenner
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School/MIT Sloan School of Management
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Interest Area: Workforce Development
Mentors: Stephen Chan, The Boston Foundation and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Reilly Kiernan, The Bridgespan Group and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston
Supervisor: Jaclyn Youngblood, Chief of Staff
Project Description: Nick Brenner will work at the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics for the City of Boston where he will support the design and evaluation of innovative civic program and policy experiments.

Somala DibySomala Diby
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: Columbia University
Interest Area: Housing
Mentors: Mary Jo Meisner, MJM Advisory Services and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Marcus Mello, Boston Planning and Development Agency
Placement: Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston
Supervisor: Marcy Ostberg, Director of Operations
Project Description: Somala will support the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development in evaluating the department's response to COVID-19. In particular, she will help DND determine the extent to which response activities can be made permanent. She will also support the department in gathering household-level feedback on the equity impacts of COVID-19 on Boston's residents to guide DND's activities over the next few months.

Ehab EbeidEhab Ebeid
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
Interest Area: Transportation Issues
Mentors: Monica Tibbits-Nutt, 128 Business Council and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Andrew McFarland, MBTA and former Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow
Placement: Office of City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu, City of Boston
Supervisor: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and former Rappaport Center Law and Public Policy Fellow
Project Description: Ehab will be working at the Office of Boston City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu, researching the transportation dimension of the COVID-19 response and the recovery planning process, specifically from a transit equity angle. He plans to focus on the future of fare collection, the mobility of essential workers, and how governments and agencies can help fulfill mobility service needs.

Kelsey EdmondKelsey Edmond
Graduate School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Undergraduate School: University of Delaware
Interest Area: Governance and Digital Equity Issues
Mentors: Amy Dain, Dain Research, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and Grace Ogilby, Altman Villandre and Company and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Department of Innovation and Technology, Boston
Supervisor: Anne Schweiger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate; Reilly Zlab, Director of Product Manager; and Jeanethe Falvey, Chief Digital Officer
Project Description: Kelsey will be working at the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Digital Equity Fund is partnering with numerous companies and organizations to provide free or low-cost internet services or devices to qualifying low-income residents. Kelsey will conduct research on these initiatives by interviewing recipients of the services to better understand their lived experiences, obstacles, and obligations that the city may have in providing equitable internet connectivity. She will also utilize quantitative data and conduct bench-marking with peer cities to deliver a final report with her findings and suggestions as to how the City of Boston can sustainably move forward in a reduced budget, post-pandemic society.

Alexis FarmerAlexis Farmer
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Interest Areas: Economic Development
Mentors: Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University School of Journalism and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Alex Ciomek, Harvard University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Office of Returning Citizens, Boston
Supervisor: Kevin Sibley, Executive Director
Project Description: Alexis will work with the City of Boston’s Office of Returning Citizens. She will provide recommendations on developing a uniformed release plan for formerly incarcerated individuals and assist in finding immediate shelter for prisoners released due to COVID-19.

Kateline FonsecaKateline Fonseca
Graduate School: Simmons School of Social Work
Undergraduate School: Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
Interest Area: Immigration Policy
Mentors: Ramon Soto, uAspire and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board, Mariangely Solis Cervera, Transforming Education and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and Crystal Lopez Haynes, Boston College School of Social Work and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Office of Rep. Natalie Higgins, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Supervisor: Rep. Natalie Higgins, former Rappaport Center Law and Public Policy Fellow
Project Description: Kateline will spend her summer at the Office of MA State Representative Natalie Higgins on a project supporting homeless individuals during the COVID-19 outbreak. The main focus of the project is to develop a plan to find permanent homes and support for homeless people, instead of relying solely on shelter services.

Florence GlynnFlorence Glynn
Graduate School: Boston University School of Social Work and School of Theology
Undergraduate School: College of William and Mary
Interest Area: Governance
Mentors: Brian Doherty, Building and Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Jessica Hamilton, Boston University School of Theology and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement, Boston
Supervisor: Carol Léon, Programs Manager
Project Description: Flo will work with the City of Boston’s Office for Immigrant Advancement on creating a program, which will be used to strengthen immigrant communities’ understanding of Boston’s city government and build strong civic ownership and engagement.

Emma Gonzalez RobertsEmma González Roberts
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: University of Chicago
Interest Area: Economic Development
Mentors: Phil Puccia, JP Morgan and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Margaret Keaveny, LISC and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Department of Economic Development, Boston
Supervisors: Natalia Urtubey, Director of Small Business and Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030
Project Description: Emma will be working at the City of Boston Department of Economic Development supporting Re-Imagining Boston’s Main Streets, a project that will develop new models and strategies for the program to better address the needs of small businesses with a focus on equity and local place-making. She will help coordinate research efforts, support the engagement process, and investigate policy that impacts commercial districts.

Enjoli HallEnjoli Hall
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School:Princeton University
Interest Area: Health equity policy
Mentors: Jeffrey Sanchez, Rasky Partners Inc and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Tariana Little, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Bureau of Environmental Health
Supervisor: Jennifer Robertson, Policy Director
Project Description: Enjoli will be working with the Massachusetts Bureau of Environmental Health to develop a strategic plan for advancing environmental justice within the Bureau’s programs and for anticipated agency-wide adoption by the Department of Public Health. The plan will be specific to public health and align with the state-wide Environmental Justice Policy.

Greer HamiltonGreer Hamilton
Graduate School: Boston University School of Social Work
Undergraduate School: University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Interest Area: Social services policy
Mentors: Ben Forman, Director of Research, MassINC, Rappaport Advisory Board Member and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and Dewin Hernandez, Boston College School of Social Work and Carroll School of Management
Placement: MassDevelopment
Supervisor: Andrew Levine, TDI Operations Officer
Project Description: Greer will work at MassDevelopment and assist the program on ongoing projects across districts in order to advise on the structure and execution of new grant programs. Her independent project will be to design and begin implementing an evaluation process of MassDevelopment’s ability to improve the diversity of leadership across the cities in which it works.

Salman KhanSalman Khan
Graduate School: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Interest Area: Education issues
Mentors: Kevin Sullivan, Babson College and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Nick Woolf, Tufts University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Supervisors: Matthew Deninger, Director of Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning
Project Description: Salman will be working at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, supporting efforts to increase access to data across the Commonwealth. Specifically, he will work on creating data visualizations that demonstrate and highlight the achievement gap across the state.

Osamu KumasakaOsamu Kumasaka
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: Lewis and Clark College
Interest Area: Environmental Issues
Mentors: Vivien Li, Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Kara Runsten, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environment and Former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement:Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environment
Supervisor: Mia Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Project Description: Osamu will be working at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environment on developing an environmental justice training and outreach materials for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. He will also be updating the Massachusetts Climate Assessment with a new engagement plan which is more detailed and customized to both geographic regions and sectors of the economy.

Alec LebovitzAlexander Lebovitz
Graduate School: Brandeis University
Undergraduate School: Northeastern University
Interest Area: Public Health Finance Policy
Mentors: Abby Kim, Office of Senator John Keenan and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Supervisor: Daniel Wood, Staff Attorney
Project Description: Alec will be working with the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Office of MA State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante. He will be working on the state's economic development and stimulus strategy during the COVID-19 crisis. This will include researching other states’ economic recovery strategies, making policy recommendations, and assisting staff with the development of major state-level stimulus legislation.

Takia MyersTakia Myers
Graduate School: Boston College School of Social Work
Undergraduate School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Interest Area: Social service policy and equity
Mentors: Renee Landers, Suffolk University Law School and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Ronesha Williams, Brandeis University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Office of City Councilor At Large Michelle Wu
Supervisor: Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor and former Rappaport Law and Public Policy Fellow
Project Description: Takia will work for the Office of City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu. Takia’s project focuses on analyzing how current school administrative practices disproportionately affect students of color and other marginalized identities. She will gather and evaluate data on the PUSHOUT of Black girls in Boston Public Schools and to update existing policies, guidelines, and practices regarding discipline and behavioral procedures.

Christine PetersonChristine Peterson
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate School: Wesleyan College
Interest Area: Criminal Justice Policy
Mentors: Sarah Zaphiris, former Rappaport Boston Urban Scholar and Jessica Simes, Boston University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: MassDevelopment
Supervisors: Andrew Levine, TDI Operations Officer
Project Description: Christine will work with MassDevelopment within their Transformative Development Initiative. She will be measuring the efficacy of the program's emergency COVID-19 small business grants and designing the next round of economic support for the Gateway City districts.

Rees Sweeney-TaylorRees Sweeney-Taylor
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Interest Area: Environmental Issues
Mentors: Tom Keane, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Arah Schuur, Acadia Center and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environment
Supervisor: Claire Miziolek, 80x50 Study Manager
Project Description: Rees will work at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on projects dealing with carbon pricing and climate mitigation. He will also work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on a project dealing with microgrid regulation.

Noor ToraifNoor Toraif
Graduate School: Boston University School of Social Work
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Mentors: Lissy Medvedow, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Alexis Yohros, Northeastern University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate and the Committee for Public Counsel Services
Supervisor: Melissa Threadgill, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives and Joshua Dohan, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Project Description: Noor will be completing a joint placement at the Youth Advocacy Division ("YAD") of Committee for Public Counsel Services and the Office of the Child Advocate. At YAD, Noor will develop an Adolescent Development training curriculum. The curriculum will include elements such as trauma-informed frameworks. At the Office of the Child Advocate, Noor will develop toolkits to adapt the Trauma Informed and Responsive Framework to various child-serving settings and conduct interviews with key stakeholders on emergency responsiveness.