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Four DUSP Students Awarded Rappaport Public Policy Fellowships

Four DUSP Master of City Planning students have been selected for the 2017 Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Public Policy Fellowships. 

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston encourages graduate students to spend part of their careers in public service through a paid, 10-week summer internship in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Fellows, who represent all graduate schools in Greater Boston, participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars and receive a stipend for the summer. The fellowship program is a key component of The Rappaport Institute, which aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by promoting emerging leaders, stimulating informed discussion, and producing new ideas.

In previous years, fellows have worked on a diverse range of projects that include: school reform plans, environmental risk assessment, public-private partnerships, community development projects, performance-management systems, racial bias in the juvenile justice system, health coverage for foster children, and reduction plans for greenhouse gases.

Peter Damrosch

Peter works on transportation, with interests in different sub-areas, including: civil rights and access to transportation, reducing transportation's carbon footprint, and guiding the development of automated vehicles to advance social and environmental goals. Peter is planning on leveraging his Rappaport Fellowship to work in a city or state transportation department on a project connected to one of those areas.

Reed Jordan

Reed is interested in how cities can use housing policy to advance racial justice, and creative ways to use limited federal funding to create and preserve affordable housing. The fellowship will allow him to learn from to inform affordable housing practitioners and policymakers in Boston.

Kara Runsten

Kara’s policy interests include issues affecting coastal cities and communities, particularly how these places are dealing with the complexities of climate change. Because most of her experience to date has been on the federal level, she is hoping the Rappaport Fellowship will allow her to gain insight on the role of local and state government in shaping these communities’ futures.  

David Tisel

Prior to DUSP, David worked in a community development financial institution called City First Homes, lending to affordable housing cooperatives and tenants' associations exercising their right of first refusal in DC's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act program. David is focused on how to preserve permanently affordable housing and prevent residential displacement in cities that are experiencing rapid growth and gentrification. With his Rappaport Fellowship, David will work in the State Legislature on legislation that would grant Massachusetts tenants a First Right of Refusal, modeled on the DC program that he worked with prior to DUSP. In hot real estate markets, the Tenant Right of First of Refusal allows more tenants to stay in their buildings rather than being displaced by condo conversions and other real estate speculation.