Ashley Barnes-Cocke
Graduate School:
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate School: Hamline University
Interest Area: LGBTQ+ and Homelessness issues
Mentors: Megan Costello, Rappaport/Boston Urban Scholar and Techrosette Leng, City Planner, City of Revere and Rappaport Advisory Board Member
Placement: Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
Supervisor: Courtney Trudell, Assistant Director of Supportive Housing
Project Description: In the past couple of years, the City of Boston has been in the process of developing a youth and young adult-specific homelessness system with support from HUD (Housing and Urban Development), and has been bringing community partners in to inform and carry out this work. This project focuses on building up the relationship between DND and Boston Public Schools through exploring how partnership could work around a youth-specific Coordinated Entry system for housing access.  This could include 1) researching tools for assessment and prioritization and 2) designing questions, access points, and work flows with input from community partners (e.g. YYA, service providers, education partners, etc), and 3) developing referral tools for BPS staff to use to support homeless students. This project will seek to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities with working across education and housing systems and build DND's understanding the impact of BPS's internal structure on interacting with Coordinated Entry.

Samantha BatelSamantha Batel
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School/Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate School: Princeton University
Interest Area: Education Issues
Mentors: Phil Puccia, Senior Vice President for Education and Not-for Profit Banking at JP Morgan and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Diana Serrano, Research Associate, Education Development Center and Former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Boston Public Schools
Supervisors: Will Eger, Strategic Project Manager, Boston Public Schools and Kristen Daley, Director of Special Programs and Initiatives, Boston Public Schools
Project Description: Samantha will be working with Boston Public School’s Academic & Student Support for Equity Team (ASSET) to help implement, evaluate, and scale up the district’s new resource management ticket system. The summer project will culminate with a professional learning opportunity for educators and administrators during the district’s August Leadership Institute.

Timothy BishopTimothy Bishop
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School/Sloan School of Management
Undergraduate School: Williams College
Interest Area: Veterans’ Issues and Performance Management
Mentors: Amy Dain, Dain Research and Former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and Dan Futrell, Chief Executive Officer, The Pat Tillman Foundation
Placement: The Strategic Innovation Group,  Office of Governor Charlie Baker
Supervisor: Jean-Louis Rochet, Director of Strategic Innovation and former Rappaport Law and Public Policy Fellow
Project Description: The Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) is a cross-functional team within the Governor’s Office that helps execute the Governor’s priority reforms, program innovations, and operational improvements. The Rappaport Fellow would work with a range of stakeholders, including secretariat and agency leadership, to advance a policy initiative or operational improvement through a combination of strategic advising, management consulting, data analysis, policy research, and project management. The Fellow would facilitate stakeholder communication across organizational boundaries and levels of oversight to monitor outcomes and ensure steady progress.

Kimberly BlairKimberly Blair
Graduate School: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
Interest Area: Women’s health issues
Mentors: Renee Landers, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member
Placement: Office of Rep Jay Livingstone
Supervisor: Caitlin Duffy, Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. Jay Livingstone
Project Description: Kimberly will be conducting research for the Menstrual Health Equity and the ROE Act bills. She will also help with research on other health policy topics as needed.

Robert BohlerRobert Bohler
Graduate School: Brandeis University
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Interest Area: Opioid Addiction and Recovery Issues
Mentors: Jim Segel, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Chair and Abigail Kim, Legislative Aide, Office of Senator John Keenan and Former Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow
Placement: Office of Representative Jon Santiago
Supervisor: Cory Amzon, Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. Jon Santiago
Project Description: Robert will work on various projects related to legislation dealing with the opioid crisis and recovery services.

Karyn BruggemanKaryn Bruggeman
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate School: College of William and Mary
Interest Area: Workforce Development
Mentors: Brian Doherty, Building and Trades Council of the Metropolitan District and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Reilly Kiernan, Case Team Leader at The Bridgespan Group and former Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellow
Placement: Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, City of Boston
Supervisor: Katy Gall, Deputy Director of Workforce Development
Project Description: Karyn will be working on the City of Boston’s Tuition Free Community College program.

Amy CoutureAmy Couture
Graduate School: Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Interest Area: Economic Development and Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Melissa Threadgill, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives, Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate and Former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Office of Senator James Eldridge
Supervisor: Michael Carr, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator James Eldridge
Project Description: Amy will be supporting Senator Jamie Eldridge and his team on activity in the Judiciary Committee, particularly relating to criminal justice reform legislation.

Yareliz DiazYareliz Diaz
Graduate School: Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate School: Tufts University
Interest Areas: Emergency preparedness and public health equity
Mentors: Vivien Li, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Tariana Little, Harvard School of Public Health and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Boston Public Health Commission’s Office of Public Health Preparedness
Supervisor: Courtney Grey, Director of Disaster Behavioral Health
Project Description: Yareliz will be working on two projects at the Office of Public Health Preparedness. The first is a study of suicide rates of black men and the second is creating a climate resilience plan with a community focus.

Jessica HamiltonJessica Hamilton
Graduate School: Boston University School of Theology
Undergraduate School: Northeastern University
Interest Area: Racial Equity
Mentors: Leila Quinn, Brandeis University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
Supervisor: Julie Johnson, Director of Research
Project Description: Jessica will work with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission's Research Department supporting efforts to meet research requirements of Chapter 55: An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana. In particular, she will aid in understanding the social and economic trends of marijuana use in the Commonwealth. She will also work on research related to the Commission's social equity agenda for the cannabis industry.

Carl HedmanCarl Hedman
Graduate School: MIT
Undergraduate School: Reed College
Interest Area: Housing
Mentors: Tim Warren, The Warren Group and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Monique Gibbs, Policy Innovation Associate, MassHousing and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston
Supervisor: Jessica Boatright, Deputy Director for Neighborhood Housing Development
Project Description: Carl Gunnar Hedman's fellowship will take place in the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development's Neighborhood Housing Division, the team that oversees the City's investment in affordable housing development and preservation.  Rising costs to build affordable housing are making it increasingly challenging to meet the needs of a City in the midst of a housing affordability crisis.  Carl's first task will be to review the city's cost containment guidelines for affordable housing developers and make recommendations for improved policies for the City's fiscal year 2020 funding awards.  Carl will also support the team as it seeks to expand the Acquisition Opportunity Program, the City's primary tool for meeting it's 2030 goal of preserving 1,000 naturally affordable units from private market speculation and deed restricting them.

Dewin HernandezDewin Hernandez
Graduate School: Boston College School of Social Work/ Boston College Carroll School of Business
Undergraduate School: Berklee College of Music
Interest Area: LGBTQ+ policy and mental health
Mentors: Ben Forman, Policy Director, MassINC and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow and Mariel Novas, Harvard Graduate School of Education and fomer Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Supervisors: Crystal Collier, Chief of Staff and Joy O’Connell, Diversity Officer
Project Description: Dewin will be at the Department of Mental Health Central Office site working with Crystal D. Collier (Chief of Staff) and Joy Connell Diversity Officer as part of their Race, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and LGBT Policy workgroup.

Crystal Lopez HaynesCrystal Lopez Haynes
Graduate School: Boston College School of Social Work
Interest Area: Social services issues
Mentors: Tom Keane, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Kara Jeter, Boston University School of Public Health and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness
Supervisor: Alice Colegrove, Consultant for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Project Description: In tandem with the Office of the Child Advocate and UMass work regarding Transition planning, Crystal will research the prevalence and programming for under 18 youth in the 10 EOHHS regions. She will complete the following: 1) Brief Literature review on best practices for serving under 18 youth experiencing unaccompanied homelessness
2) Review Community Needs Assessment data on under 18 youth in the 10 regions
3) Develop an interview protocol
4) Conduct 10-15 interviews with providers + key stakeholders 
5) Conduct 5-10 interviews with young adults (over 18) who experienced homelessness before age 18
6) Synthesize the above into a PPT with preliminary recommendations

Andrew McFarlandAndrew McFarland
Graduate School: Tufts University
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Interest Area: Transportation issues
Mentors: Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Executive Director, 128 Business Council and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Kelly Blynn, Senior Analyst, Meister Consultant Group
Placement: Office of Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
Supervisor: Kerry Richards, Policy Director
Project Description: For the Office of City Councilor Michelle Wu, Andrew will be researching opportunities for improving partnerships between the City of Boston and the MBTA in order to increase public transit access and affordability for Boston residents. Specifically, he will be researching policies related to the feasibility of a city-subsidized low-income fares, including opportunities for potential revenue streams or leveraging existing municipal assets with the MBTA.

Danielle Mulligan
Graduate School: Tufts University
Undergraduate School: Tufts University
Interest Area: Housing issues
Mentors: Ramon Soto, Director of Policy, Massachusetts at uAspire and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Margaret Keaveny, Senior Program Office for Lending, LISC and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Boston Planning and Development Agency
Supervisors: Raul Duverge, Project Manager and Jonathan Greeley, Director of Development Review
Project Description: Danielle will assess the potential impacts of the transition of the Bunker Hill BHA housing into mixed income housing under the One Charlestown plan, on 1) BPS schools in the Charlestown neighborhood and 2) Bunker Hill residents attending BPS schools. Danielle will make recommendations for the One Charlestown plan moving forward with particular attention to equity and access for marginalized residents of BHA housing and the broader BPS population.

Rishya NarayananRishya Narayanan
Graduate School: Northeastern University
Undergraduate School: Clark University
Interest Area: Environmental Issues
Mentors: Vivien Li, Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University School of Journalism and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Kara Runsten, Sustainability Specialist, Kim Lundgren Associates and Former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Supervisor: Story Reed, Permitting and Statistics Program Manager
Project Description: Rishya will be working on a number of projects within the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

Mariangely Solis Cervera
Graduate School: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate School: Mount St. Mary’s College
Interest Area: Immigrant Issues
Mentors: Jeffrey Sanchez, Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Collyn Chan, MIT and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, City of Boston
Supervisor: Agnes Chang, Interim Director
Project Description: Teachers and staff at BPS who work with immigrant students and families want more support from central office with socio-emotional and academic supports for the newcomer population. This summer, Mariangely will collaborate with BPS teachers and central office leaders to develop curriculum for professional development about how to better support immigrant students in our schools. She will also work to get an Emergency Response Checklist approved by legal council so schools have a plan of action in the event that a student is deported or loses a family member to deportation.

Emy TakinamiEmy Takinami
Graduate School: Boston University School of Education/Boston University School of Social Work
Undergraduate School: University of Vermont
Interest Area: Education issues
Mentors: Kevin Sullivan, Vice President, Strategic Corporate Relations and Engagement and Rappaport Advisory Board Member and Jill Benevides, Tufts University and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Boston Public Schools, Office of Opportunity Gaps
Supervisor: Harold Miller, Director of Opportunity Gaps and District Transformation
Project Description: I will be working at the Office of Opportunity Gaps at Boston Public Schools with Harold Miller, supporting the OAG policy & implementation plan, which works to implement cultural proficiency across the district, dismantle structural barriers and provide greater access to opportunities.

Ronesha WilliamsRonesha Williams
Graduate School: Brandeis University
Undergraduate School: Gordon College
Interest Area: Education issues
Mentors: Lissy Medvedow, Executive Director, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Maksim Wynn, Harvard Kennedy School and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Mayor’s Office for New Urban Mechanics
Supervisors: Jaclyn Youngblood, Chief of Staff and Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design
Project Description: Ronesha will be helping the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics on their Youth Engagement and Employment rethink. She will focus on making the program more sustainable and will also work on the Youth Lead the Change process (from idea solicitation, to capacity building among Change Agents, to the implementation of the projects themselves).

Nicholas WoolfNicholas Woolf
Graduate School: Tufts University
Undergraduate School: Tufts University
Interest Area: Education Policy
Mentors: Tom Keane, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board and Antoniya Marinova, Senior Program Officer, The Boston Foundation and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Supervisor: Kristen McKinnon Service-Learning Specialist & Student Engagement Coordinator at the Center for Educational Options
Project Description: Working with both the Center for Educational Options and the Center for Instructional Support, Nick will be helping to revise the state's comprehensive health curriculum framework, focusing specifically on integrating social and emotional learning competencies into the policy. Aspects of the project will include collaborating with a panel of teachers to create a companion guide that educators can use to translate the framework's standards to other subjects (e.g., mathematics, history, English), consulting with medical professionals to ensure the policy is grounded in evidence-based recommendations, and assisting with the development of training for a new curriculum that combines civic engagement, service-learning, social-emotional learning and educational technology.

Alexis YohrosAlexis Yohros
Graduate School: Northeastern University
Undergraduate School: Florida State University
Mentors: Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University School of Journalism and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and Joanna Abaroa-Ellison, Policy Analyst at the Crime and Justice Initiative at Community Resources for Justice and former Rappaport Public Policy Fellow
Placement: Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate
Supervisor: Melissa Threadgill, Director of Juvenile Justice Initiatives
Project Description: Alexis will be working under the supervision of Melissa Threadgill at the Office of the Child Advocate on a project which involves partnering with various agencies to help develop a public-facing website featuring visualizations of data from MA’s Juvenile Justice system compiled from a variety of partner agencies. The goal of the website is to provide a “one-stop shop” for juvenile justice system stakeholders, policymakers and members of the public to go to get up-to-date information about our juvenile justice system. In addition, she will be helping to track current trauma-informed policies and community-based interventions implemented across the state to see where there are gaps, room for improvement, and/or successful interventions to use as examples.