Three DUSP Students Awarded Rappaport Fellowships

Three MIT/DUSP students have been named to participate in the Harvard Kennedy's School's Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellowship Program this summer.

Tara Aubuchon
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Area of Interest: Housing Issues
Mentors: Amy Dain, Dain Research and Ellen Ward, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Agency: Cambridge Housing Authority
Supervisor: Kathleen Evans, Senior Program Manager for Policy and Technology
Project Description: Tara is interested in housing issues. She will be working for the Cambridge Housing Authority. She will be working on CHA's longer term efforts to help residents and voucher holders participate in traditional banking and gain financial literacy. Her summer project will focus on reviewing CHA's current rental collection process and offering alternative payment methods. She will also evaluate rent payment incentives and alternatives to eviction when payments are late.
Sara Brown    

Sara Brown
Undergraduate Degree: Dartmouth College
Area of Interest: Economic Development Issues
Mentors: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Inc. and Devin Quirk, Boston About Results
Agency: City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Supervisor: Carol Owens, Director of Marketing
Project Description: Sara is interested in environmental and walkability issues. She will be working for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and working on “problem properties,” including identifying sources of this vacant land, defining groups/categories for the parcels, structuring DND’s portfolio, coordinating agencies, streamlining the disposition process, and marketing available land.


Ruth Sappelt

Undergraduate Degree: University of California, Berkeley
Area of Interest: Housing Issues
Mentors: Tim Warren, The Warren Group and Laura Delgado, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
Agency: Office of Representative Kevin Honan, House Chair of the Joint Committee for Housing
Supervisor: Kurt Stiegel, Office of Representative Kevin Honan
Project Description: Ruth will be working at the Office of Rep. Kevin Honan (D-Boston) on housing issues. Rep. Honan is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing.


Fellows are drawn from graduate and professional programs at Harvard, Suffolk, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern, and Boston University, and spend 10 weeks working in state and local government offices in the Greater Boston area.  For information on all 14 Fellows for Summer 2013, see the Rappaport Institute webpage.