An exceptional group of 39 graduate and undergraduate students will build their skills while contributing to local communities and addressing social issues as Tisch Summer Fellows in Massachusetts. In addition to receiving individual supervision at each placement, each student will also be supported by a Tisch Summer Fellows Graduate Assistant who will serve as a resource and lead reflections.

Graduate Assistants: Becca Tumposky, G16; and Thomas Smith, G17

Becca and Tom will be supporting our Massachusetts Fellows this summer. Becca is a recently graduated Urban Environmental Policy and Planning student and Tom is a Fletcher School student focusing on International Business Relations through a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy.

Elizabeth Ahrens, A17 – YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild is a 36-year-old program model designed with and for young men and women, ages 16-24, who left high school without a diploma, are unemployed, and come from low income families. Youth learn construction skills to help build affordable housing and other community assets such as community centers and schools.

Alison Aimers, A17 – MassVOTE

MassVOTE works to promote a culture of active political participation by providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. MassVOTE builds civic coalitions to advocate for democracy reforms that make the electoral process more accountable and accessible to all people.

Fatima Ajose, A18 – Daily Table

Daily Table believes wholesome and affordable food should be available to all, and that food is a precious resource that should never be wasted. Founded by Doug Rauch, former President of Trader Joe’s, Daily Table is a new kind of nonprofit community food market that offers tasty, nutritious food in underserved areas at a fraction of traditional prices.

Marissa Birne, A19; Sabrina Chishti, A17 – Office of MA State Representative Mary Keefe

Representative Keefe is a Democratic legislator who serves the 15th Worcester District, covering the heart of downtown Worcester. Representative Keefe sits on the Environment Committee, Public Health Committee, Labor and Workforce Committee, and Arts, Culture and Tourism Committee.

Elizabeth Bishop, A18 – Action for Boston Community Development

Action for Boston Community Development is an anti-poverty and community development organization that strives to empower disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.

Jacqueline Cabral, A19 – Boston Area Health Education Center

The Boston Area Health Education Center is a program of the Boston Public Health Commission that aims to diversify the pool of health professionals in Boston by encouraging youth to pursue careers in health .

Jewel Castle, A17 – BUILD

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel low-income, disengaged students through high school to college success. In Greater Boston, BUILD partners with some of the city’s most in-need schools.

Claire Chen, A18 – Chinese Progressive Association

The Chinese Progressive Association is a grassroots community organization thatworks for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Its activities seek to raise the living and working standards of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect their lives.

Ian Clarke, A18 – Citizens Initiative Review

Citizens’ Initiative Review, institutionalized in Oregon since 2010, is a deliberative democracy reform that has been  effective in increasing voter understanding of complicated ballot measures. Under the CIR system, a citizen group representative of the overall voting population is brought together to evaluate a ballot question. Over the course of a week, the group hears from experts on all sides of the question and prepares a statement of findings to be included in the official election guide.

Hannah Crowley, A18 – Somerville Homeless Coalition

The mission of the Somerville Homeless Coalition is to provide homeless and near-homeless individuals and families with individualized supportive services and tailored housing solutions with a goal of obtaining and maintaining affordable housing.

Luis Del Rosario, A18 – Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer

This fellowship will be based in the Cash Management department, which is responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s daily cash flows. Responsibilities include managing the states’ banking needs, quarterly local aid payments to municipalities, management of a short-term investment pool for the Commonwealth’s working capital, and the regular reconciliation of state agency bank accounts.

Katia Domingues, A17 – Haley House

Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward  economic independence. The organization offers collaborative living and working environments that build communities and connections across boundaries, model creative alternatives that confirm the intrinsic dignity and worth of each person, and challenge the attitudes and structures that perpetuate suffering.

Diego Espinoza-Rodríguez, A19 – South End Technology Center

The South End Technology Center @ Tent City is a computer learning and education center that facilitates the use of technology in ways that encourage people to become innovators and producers, to tell their stories, and to learn new ways of creating just and humane communities.

Li Fan, A17; Stephanie Yin, A17 – The Mobility Project

The Mobility Project is an initiative on economic opportunity at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. The Mobility Project is an urban-suburban collaboration for metropolitan Boston that develops shared goals and metrics, lifts up and scales local best practice, identifies common barriers to progress, and supports regional collaboration and policy change.

Klielle Glanzberg-Krainin, A18 – Mystic Learning Center

The mission of the Mystic Learning Center is to improve the lives of the low-income children and families who live at the Mystic Public Housing Development and nearby communities. MLC offers year-round educational and recreational activities for youth ages 5 to 21 during after-school, evenings, and school-year and summer vacations.

James Gordon, A17; Yaritsa Sánchez, A16 – Central Square Theater

The Tisch Summer Fellow at the Central Square Theater will work with its Youth Underground Ambassadors, who create and perform original theater that investigate social issues relevant to young people and to our world through a series of interviews with the community.

Morgan Griffiths, A18 – City of Medford Office of Energy & Environment

The Office of Energy & Environment is responsible for overseeing and implementing environmentally sound programs in the City of Medford. In cooperation with other departments and organizations, the E&E office works to improve energy efficiency, air quality, climate change protection, wetlands protection, open space conservation, and storm water management.

Karina Haggerty, A17; Austin Kane, A18 – MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

The EOHED is the state’s leading agency on housing and economic development. The Secretary serves as the CEO of the office and serves as part of the Baker-Polito administration cabinet.

Ilana Hamer, A17 – Hyde Square Task Force

The mission of Hyde Square Task Force is to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community.

Rebecca Hutchinson, A17 – MA Executive Office of Housing and Community Development

DHCD’s mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents. We provide leadership, professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.

Sarah Koosis, A17; Gabriel Sub, G17 – Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

DSNI is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity in Boston’s Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods. Formed in 1984, DSNI grew from the efforts of Dudley Street area residents to protect their community from disinvestment and neglect.

Alison Kuah, A17; Shana Merrifield, A18 – The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions. Through programs that strengthen the capacity of immigrant youth, the organization allows adults and families to advocate for themselves and influence schools, government, and other institutions.

Delta-Marie Lewis, A17 – Groundwork Somerville

Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being.

Sofia Mankin, A18 – Office of U.S Congresswoman Katherine Clark

The Medford office of U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA5) is the Congresswoman’s main office in the district. The staff of this office aids the Congresswoman and her constituents by acting as community outreach liaisons, as well as resources for constituents who have questions or issues with federal agencies.

Christin Mujica, A17 – Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest general hospital in the United States, and the oldest and largest hospital in New England. It conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the world and was recently ranked as the #1 hospital in the United States.

Cassidy Olsen, A18 – Somerville Public Schools

Somerville Public Schools is a multicultural school community dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students.

Leanna Pham, A18 – Somerville Community Corporation

The Somerville Community Corporation is dedicated to maintaining diversity and preserving affordability in Somerville by building and preserving housing; organizing for necessary policies and funding to support affordability, access to jobs, and other quality of life issues; and giving residents the financial skills they need to survive.

Emma Rosenbaum, G17 – The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is Massachusetts’ leading family support organization. It develops, supports and delivers high-quality family strengthening programs informed by rigorous research in order to improve participant outcomes resulting in thriving children and families.

Lauren Shuffleton, G17 – MassIT

MassIT’s mission is to drive the digital business of state government to meet the continually evolving needs of constituents, schools, businesses, and local government.

Michael Wang, A17 – MA Attorney General’s Office

The Tisch Summer Fellowship will be in the Fair Labor Division, which enforces the Massachusetts Wage Act and other laws that protect workers, including the prevailing wage, minimum wage, payment of wages, overtime, misclassification, tips, child labor, and Sunday and holiday premium pay laws.

Mason Wells, G17 – Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.

Wayne Yeh, A16 – Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center/Chinese Progressive Association APIs CAN!

The mission of Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!) is to advance the interests of Massachusetts’ Asian and Pacific Islander American communities through promoting a shared agenda to promote equity and oppose discrimination, via year-round civic action that includes voter registration, education, and participation.

Yan Zhao, A17 – Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

The mission of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is to ensure that the children, youth, and families they serve have the resources and support to achieve greater economic success and social well-being.