Rappaport Boston Urban Scholars

Current Rappaport/Boston Urban Scholars

  State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts where she attended Public School and practiced law for more than a decade with the firm of Kiely & Ferrante.  In addition to practicing law, Ferrante has been the State Representative from Cape Ann since 2009. She has served as member of the Ways and Means Committee; House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; and House Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Ferrante currently serves as the House Chair on the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and as House Chair of the Tech Hub Caucus. She also holds dual degrees in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
  State Senator John Keenan was raised in Quincy and attended the Quincy Public Schools. He graduated Harvard University with honors in 1986 with a government concentration. He then attended Suffolk University Law School. After law school, John worked first as a litigator, then as a public defender, followed by work as an attorney combating insurance fraud. In 2001, John became Executive Director of the Norfolk County Retirement System, a public pension system with approximately 10,000 active and retired members, and assets of over $500 million. While serving as Executive Director of the Norfolk County Retirement System, in 2003 John was appointed to the Quincy City Council to fill a vacant seat, and was elected Councilor at Large in 2004. He served as Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee for eight years, and in 2010 was elected to the State Senate, Norfolk and Plymouth district. In his first Senate term John served as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2012, and was appointed as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health. Now in his third term, John serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, and as vice-Chair of the Joint Committees on Judiciary, Transportation and Housing, in addition to serving on the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Former Rappaport Urban Scholars Year
Ramon Soto, Director of External Relations & Opportunity Gap Initiatives, City of Boston 2016
Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenberg), Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure 2015
Sarah Zapharis, Chief Administrative Officer, MA Registry of Motor Vehicles 2015
State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations, Northeast Region, Suffolk Construction and former State Senator and State Representative 2014
Theresa Lynn, Executive Director, Back on My Feet Boston 2014
Carl Sciortino, Executive Director, Massachusetts AIDS Action Committee and former State Representative 2013
Steven Walsh, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals and former State Representative 2012
Mayor Joseph Curtatone, City of Somerville 2011
State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), Chair, House Ways and Means Committee 2010
Joseph Driscoll, Senior Vice President, O'Neill & Associates and former State Representative 2009
State Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley), House Chair, Joint Committee on Education 2009
Barbara Salfity, U.S. General Services Administration 2007
Mark Falzone, Deputy Director, National Immigration Forum and  former State Representative 2007
State Representative William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), House Chair, Joint Committee on Transportation 2007
Tim Davis, Housing Policy Manager, Boston Planning and Development Authority 2005
Brad Swing, Mayor's Office of Environmental Services, City of Boston 2004
Mayor Joseph Sullivan, City of Braintree, former State Representative 2004
Katherine Kottaridis, Executive Director, Historic Boston, Inc. 2003
Barry Finegold, Dalton and Finegold, LLP and former State Senator 2003
Rachel Kaprielian, US Government Relations for McDonalds, former State Representative 2003
Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County Sheriff, former State Representative 2003
Charles Murphy, consultant, former State Representative 2002
Carol Blair, OnwardVia 2001
Joseph LaRusso, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Finance Manager, City of Boston 2000
Jack Hart, Nelson Mullins, and former State Representative 2000
Lillian Shirley, Director, Multnomah County and Portland, Oregon Health Department 1999
State Representative Kevin Honan (D-Brighton), House Chair, Joint Committee on Housing 1999
Bryan Glascock, Senior Advisor for Regulatory Reform, Boston Planning and Development Authority 1998
Honorable Stephen Lynch, U.S. House of Representatives 1998
Antonio Torres, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency 1996
Maureen Flynn, Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure 1995
John Munier, Managing Director, Syndicated, MarketStrategies, International 1994
Theresa Bourgeois, Founder, Esperence Consulting 1993
John Mills, Director, National Network of Sector Partners 1992
James Jordan, Criminal Justice Consultant, Strategic Solutions for Criminal Justice Organizations 1991
Honorable Justice Robert Rufo, Massachusetts Superior Court 1991
Charles Yancey, former Boston City Councilor 1991
John McDonough, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard School of Public Health and former State Representative 1990
Jeffrey Cronin, City of Pasadena, California 1990
James Brett, The New England Council, former State Representative 1989
Susan Tracy, The Strategy Group, former State Representative 1989
Thomas Bledsoe, Housing Partnership Group 1987
Kevin McCluskey, Associate Director of Athletics, UMass Boston and former Boston School Committee Member 1986
Priscilla Teague, Boston Public Schools 1986
Richard Rouse, Boston, former State Representative 1986
Thomas Vallely, Vietnam Program, Harvard University, former State Representative 1983

In Memoriam

Bruce Bolling, MassAlliance, former Boston City Councilor


Thomas Kennedy, former State Senator 2005