Former Staff

A – D

  • Maggie Adams
  • Jackie Agostino
  • Ryan Allen
  • David Auerbach
  • Barbara Baran
  • Cynthia Baron
  • Chase Billingham
  • David Blackman
  • Antoine Brewster
  • Ari Bruening
  • Doris Bunte
  • Jennifer Cabrera
  • Angela Caldwell
  • Cassidy Carlson
  • Jessica Casey
  • Christopher Cassidy
  • Kim Catubig
  • Joe Christo
  • Charles Coffin
  • Pasqualino Colombaro
  • Lilla Cosgrove
  • Alexandra Curley
  • Kristin DeSimone
  • Melissa Davis
  • Sophia Diamantis
  • Terry Dolan
  • Amy Dolphin
  • Laurie Dopkins
  • Dan Drazen
E – K

  • Soenke Ehret
  • Ray Elman
  • Peter Enrich
  • Charles Euchner
  • Farid Faid Farid
  • Victor Forberger
  • Ken Forde
  • Cory Fox
  • Abby Goldstein
  • Anne Habiby
  • Kimberly Hall
  • Karen Hallman
  • Barbara Hamilton
  • Susanne Heeg
  • Sarah Heim
  • Stein Helmrich
  • Elizabeth Herman
  • Bonnie Heudorfer
  • Marc Horne
  • Jim Hlawek
  • Carissa Huang
  • Cynthia Jackson
  • Eliza Jacquez
  • Deidre Judge
  • Jay Kaufman
  • Jerold Kayden
  • Margaret Keaveny
  • Daniel Keegan
L – R

  • Michael E. Lake
  • Ashley Lanfer
  • David Langseth
  • Richard LaRock Jr.
  • Derek Lindblom
  • Nicole Lindstrom
  • Richard Maloney
  • Angelique Marcus
  • Brittany Martin
  • Abby McCabe
  • Mark Melnick
  • Noelle Minter
  • Katherine Moloney
  • Margaret Morgan
  • Crystal Meyers
  • Emily Neal
  • Lauren Nicoll
  • Francis Olschafskie
  • Stan Phanord
  • Christina Pampoukidis
  • Judy Pearring
  • Gordana Rabrenovic
  • James V. Rowan
  • Alicia Russell
S – Z

  • Katja Schiller
  • Lisa Schneiderman
  • Marvin M. Siflinger
  • Boyce Slayman
  • David Soule
  • Terry Stone
  • David Streim
  • Cassie Taylor
  • Suzanne Teegarden
  • Richard Ting
  • Darya Tsibulskaya
  • James Wang
  • Jeff Weir
  • Gretchen Weismann
  • Peter Widerspahn
  • David Wright
  • Dennis Wright
  • Shiawee Yang
  • Yingchan Zhang
  • Don Zizzi

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams served as the Managing Communications Editor of the Dukakis Center’s website for the first two and a half years of its operation. In addition to developing the initial content and clarifying the mission of the site, she led the website’s redesign and reorganization that debuted in the fall of 2001. Maggie also undertook the launch of MassAgenda with the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute, helping to formulate the Dukakis Center’s role in the community-based project.

Maggie holds a B.A. from Northeastern University in journalism and political science. Before joining the Dukakis Center, she did housing and gang-related research for U.S. Senator John F. Kerry. Besides the Dukakis Center website, her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities and Banking journal.

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Jackie Agnostino

Jackie Agostino was a Research Intern at the Dukakis Center working on the Heart of the City database. Agostino graduated from Northeastern University in August 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in Public Policy and Administration, and minors in Sociology and Urban Studies. During her senior year at Northeastern, she also participated in the Hansard Society’s study abroad program at the London School of Economics.

Originally from upstate New York, Agostino left her hometown for a more urban environment in college. This led to her fascination with the Boston area and urban studies. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Albany in New York.

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Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen was a research associate at the Dukakis Center. He worked on the Regional Housing Report Card project and co-coordinated the Cambridge Linkage Study.

Prior to coming to the Dukakis Center, he worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor. He was also a research associate for the Urban Institute in Washington, DC where he conducted research on justice policy and public management. Ryan holds a B.A. in Economics (1997) from the College of William and Mary.

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David Auerbach

David Auerbach worked as a summer intern at the Dukakis Center, with an interest in urban policy, regional politics and specifically Massachusetts politics. David received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

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Barbara Baran

At the Dukakis Center, she and Suzanne Teegarden were Co-Directors of Workforce Strategies Collaborative (WSC) and partners in a consultancy, Workforce Learning Strategies. Workforce Strategies Collaborative is dedicated to helping policy-makers, labor, community and business leaders develop strategies to ensure decent work and income for individuals and regions.

Just before coming to Northeastern, Barbara Baran served as Vice President for Workforce Development of the Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning (CBWL), a quasi-public corporation in Massachusetts that worked at the intersection of workforce and economic development. CBWL (and its predecessor organizations) was widely recognized nationally, and even internationally, as a leader in the field of workforce development. As such, Baran participated in numerous state and national policy development teams.

Prior to coming to Massachusetts, Baran spent a decade at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1986, she received a Ph.D. in city and regional planning. During her tenure at Berkeley, Baran worked with the Berkeley Roundtable in the International Economy (BRIE). Her own research focused on white collar industries, such as insurance and banking. Baran also spent a decade working in advocacy and community-based organizations in San Francisco.

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Cynthia L. Baron

Cynthia L. Baron was part of the team from Northeastern University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston working to create museum of New England economic history. Baron also worked on the development of a web site for the museum, which would take the museum “beyond the walls” of the Fed’s 10,000-square-foot museum to reach a broad public with programs for economic literacy.

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ChaseChase Billingham

Chase Billingham was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center. He received a B.A. in sociology and French from Tulane University in 2006 and an M.A. and Ph.D in sociology from Northeastern.

Chase’s academic interests are in urban sociology and the sociology of education. His dissertation focused on the rise of the school choice movement and the spread of market ideology within the nation’s urban public school systems.

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David Blackman

David Blackman teaches at Northeastern University’s School of Education and worked in collaboration with the Dukakis Center Associate Director Joan Fitzgerald on education-related projects.

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Antoine Brewster

Antoine Brewster was a work study student at the Dukakis Center, where he helped the Center with administrative duties. Antoine is music industry major at Northeastern. A life-long native of Boston, Antoine graduated from the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in a class of 296 students. While there he was involved in such extracurricular programs as percussion ensemble, the stock market club, and being a photographer for the school yearbook.

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Ari Bruening

Ari Bruening was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center, where he worked with David Soule on a project studying the impact of property tax law on sprawl.

Before coming to the Dukakis Center, Ari received a B.A. in philosophy from Brigham Young University and served a two-year LDS mission in the Philippines.

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Nicolle Bugajski

Nicolle Bugajski attends Bates College located in Lewiston, Maine. As a sociology major, Nicolle is deeply interested in public policy and social inequality. Both in high school and in college, she has been an active member of the community. In high school, Nicolle led charity events and fundraisers. Also, she tutored her peers both in high school and elementary school students. While in college, she continues her devotion to the community and volunteers in the local Lewiston public schools mentoring young children and tutoring Somali students. Nicolle plans to write a community-action based honors thesis this upcoming fall. She interned for the Dukakis Center as a student research assistant during the summer of 2011.

Nicolle lives in Brookline with her family and graduated from Brookline High School in 2008 with honors. She enjoys playing tennis and tossing a Frisbee around in the summer. She has played tennis for both her high school and college teams. She recently spent her first semester of her junior year studying in Rome, Italy where she learned about Roman history, art, and culture.





Doris Bunte

Doris Bunte is the Director of Community Relations at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University and a member of the Urban Outreach Council at Northeastern, chaired by former Governor Michael S. Dukakis. At the Dukakis Center, she was a founding member of the World Class Housing Collaborative. A former state representative and head of the Boston Housing Authority, Bunte has worked on housing and community development issues for more than 25 years. Bunte began her involvement on housing issues as a tenant leader at the Orchard Park housing development in Boston. In 1973 she was elected to the first of seven terms to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she served as chairwoman of the Committee on Federal Financial Assistance. She served as board Commissioner and then Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority. Today she serves as a consultant and mediator on a wide range of housing and community development issues. In 1998 and 1999, Bunte served as the mediator of the successful effort to return control of the Bromley-Heath public housing development from the Boston Housing Authority back to a tenant-run council.

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Jennifer Cabrera

Jennifer Cabrera was a Research associate at the Dukakis Center, working with David Soule on the Urban Initiative Project. She has completed her first year at Harvard Law School and plans to graduate in 2005. At Harvard, she is an editor for the Environmental Law Review. Having an interest in property law, especially as it pertains to urban policy and economic development, she enjoyed the opportunity to focus on the research and policy elements (as opposed to the legal elements) of urban growth at the Dukakis Center.

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and Philosophy.

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Angela Caldwell

Angela Caldwell was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center from 2005-2006, working primarily with David Soule on projects for the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, National Association of Regional Councils, and Massachusetts Municipal Association.

Angela received her master’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern University in the spring of 2005. Within sociology, her research interests lie in urban and community issues. While at Northeastern, Angela was a teaching assistant in her department and worked part-time as a research assistant at the Dukakis Center. Prior to joining the Dukakis Center full-time in 2005, Angela was also an intern at the Massachusetts Association for Community Development Corporations (MACDC) from July of 2004 to June of 2005. At MACDC, she worked on various projects from helping to coordinate an event during the Democratic National Convention to administering an online survey of members’ activities in 2004.

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Cassidy Carlson

Cassidy is serving on co-op with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs for Fall Semester 2009. She is collaborating with Michael Lake on the World Class Cities Partnership and preparing modes of accessibility for the Northeastern University’s Open Classroom Series.

In addition to her passion for advancing equitable economic development, during Red Sox season Cassidy can be found at Fenway Park managing a concession stand. And during the fall and winter months, as a New England Aquarium First Responder, she travels to the beach to help stranded marine life, such as seals.

Cassidy was born and raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts, although she spent her first year of pre-school in Kailua, Hawaii. She graduated from Wellesley High School in 2006 and was on the Northeastern University Dean’s list in Fall 2006. She intends to continue to pursue a career in economics and business while maintaining an openness to enjoy the other non-academic pursuits which add to the richness of life and what she offers to her career.

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Jessica Casey
Research Associate

Jessica Casey is a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center working with the Commonwealth Housing Task Force and contributing to the 2010 Housing Report Card. She is a first year student in the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program at Northeastern University. Her research interests include urban poverty, neighborhood development and the use of Geographic Information Systems in policy development.

Jessica received a B.A. in Geographic Analysis from Ryerson University in 2003. Since then, she has held positions at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, as a Geographic Information Systems analyst; Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited, as a market analyst; and the Ontario Government, as a senior analyst with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. At the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Jessica worked on a variety of projects, including the development of allocation funding formulas, spatial analytic approaches directed at funding Ontarians and relocating government agencies to serve the Ontario population more efficiently.

Jessica was born in Oshawa, Ontario and moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1999 to begin her undergraduate studies. She has recently relocated to Mission Hill to continue her studies and work with the Dukakis Center.

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Christopher Cassidy

Christopher Cassidy is a former Research Associate at the Dukakis Center (then CURP). During his tenure, he was Director of Industrial Liaison and Research Development for Northeastern’s College of Engineering since July 1997. As Northeastern’s industrial liaison, Cassidy was responsible for developing research sponsorships and related technology-transfer collaborations between the faculty, researchers, and corporations.

Prior to joining the College of Engineering, Cassidy spent 12 years as Director of Corporate and Continuing Education at Northeastern. He developed and delivered programs for industry with an emphasis on Information Technology and Engineering. Cassidy was awarded a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1964) and an M.S. in Engineering Management (1970) degree from Northeastern University.

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Kim Catubig

I lived most of my life in the Philippines. My family moved to the US after I graduated high school. After spending most of my years in tropical weather, I decided to experience some diversity of climate and attend a college at Boston.

I am currently on my junior year pursuing a BSBA degree in Finance and Accounting. I did my first co-op at State Street Corporation in their Regulatory Reporting and Compliance department. I was highly involved in preparing and filing periodic reports, report findings analysis and Sarbanes Oxley compliance testing. Through this coop, I had a better understanding on the different laws and regulations imposed on bank holding companies.

My career goal is to be able to work for an investment firm and eventually attend graduate school.

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Joe Christo

Joe Christo was the communications director at CURP and the Policy School from May 2005 through August 2008. During this time, he oversaw all print and multimedia projects (including day-to-day management of and and designed and implemented a communications strategy for the center and new school. Joe also developed partnerships with community organizations, and managed the Heart of the City database.

Before joining CURP full-time, Joe had been a contributor to the CURP website and had at one time served as a research assistant at the center, working on the first Greater Boston Housing Report Card with Ryan Allen and Gretchen Weisman. Previously, he worked as an associate editor for John Hancock Financial Services’ Corporate Communications department. Joe is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. He also studied at the university’s Graduate School of Business Administration, where he earned a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Management.

Community and economic development, affordable housing, transportation and education are among Joe’s far-reaching interests in the fields of urban policy.

Joe grew up in Greater Boston and currently resides in Queens, NY, where he works on the Community Partners program at the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Aside from writing “journalistically and creatively” he enjoys cooking, playing basketball, listening to all types of music, and embarking on travel and outdoor adventures. His residency in both Boston and New York has piqued his desire to learn more about affordable housing.

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Charles Coffin

Charles Coffin was the Junior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center from 2004-2005 working with David Soule on projects for the Lincoln Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and N.A.R.C.

Charles graduated cum laude from Northeastern University in 2004 with a B.S. in Political Science. While at Northeastern he earned a minor in Urban Studies, one of the first students to do so. Before coming to the Dukakis Center, Charles worked as a paralegal in Boston and was committed to law school in the fall. However, due to a change of interests he decided to work for the Dukakis Center. Charles attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Urban Planning following his time at the Dukakis Center, taking a leave of absence from his master’s education to pursue a position with a leading Office REIT in Manhattan, SL Green. Charles currently is working on redevelopment projects of two prime office properties in mid-town Manhattan, 100 Park Avenue and 521 5th Avenue, along with various other projects throughout their portfolio.

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Pasqualino Colombaro

Pasqualino Colombaro served as the Project Coordinator for the Dukakis Center’s research project “Understanding Unemployment and Working Time: A Cross Country Comparative Study,” involving ten countries in North America and Europe, funded by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. He is also a field representative and organizer of Local 509 of the Service Employees International Union, where he works on collective bargaining, public funding, privatization, education and training, community outreach, labor-management mediation, and government restructuring for Massachusetts’ public and private human service workers. Colombaro also serves as coordinator and international liaison for the Center for International Social Studies in Rome. Previously, Colombaro served as the international liaison and representative for the Instituto Europo Studi Sociali in Rome and Brussels (September 1993-January 1998); the chair of the New Priorities Committee of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (May 1992 to present); workshop presenter and researcher for the Public Sector Regional Federations of Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (September 1989 to January 1990); the union vice president of the SEIU LOCAL 509 (January 1980 to June 1987); a social worker at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (July 1979 to December 1986). Colombaro holds an M.A. in sociology from Boston University (1978), where he was a teaching fellow from January 1976 to December 1987. He also holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Massaachusetts at Boston (1975).

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Lilla Cosgrove

Lilla interned at the Dukakis Center during the summer of 2010 between her sophomore and senior years at Harvard where she is studying Urban Studies and Sustainable Development.

An accomplished sailor, she has taught sailing to both novices at Courageous Sailing Center, a public-private partnership with the City of Boston serving disadvantaged youth, as well as advanced sailing and racing at the Winchester Boat Club. She is also a team leader with the Harvard First Year Outdoor Program, leading students on week-long kayaking and canoeing trips.

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Alexandra Curley

Alexandra Curley was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center since 2003 who primarily worked on the Maverick Gardens HOPE VI evaluation. Curley’s recent research includes work on an evaluation of the social services at the Mission Main HOPE VI community; a process evaluation for the Columbia Point Economic Literacy and Individual Development Account (IDA) Program; and an assessment of the effects of welfare reform on immigrant mothers’ access to education and training in Massachusetts. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University in 2006, with an interest in urban studies and social policy and holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northeastern University (2000).

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Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis was born in Dallas, Texas, though she resided in Houston, Texas for most of her life. While in high school, Melissa was a member of the drum line, Key Club, and Girl Scouts. In her junior year of high school Melissa was an exchange student to Istanbul, Turkey. This experience led her down the path that she is on now, and is the reason she chose her major. Melissa plans to double major in International Business and eventually attend graduate school.

Melissa’s interests include food, travel, music, and sewing.

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Kristin DeSimone

Kristin DeSimone was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center working with Barbara Hamilton on the Boston Renaissance Resource Kit.

Kristin received her B.S. from the University of Vermont with a degree in Community Development and Applied Economics, with a concentration in Business Development. She was a financial analyst at Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington, Vermont. Kristin was also a portfolio accountant at State Street Corporation and was responsible for nine Nonprofit Organizations/Endowments; including two universities.

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Sophia Diamantis

Sophia Diamantis was a research assistant at the Dukakis Center during the spring of 2005 and 2006. Initially, she worked on both administrative and research duties. Later, Sophia assisted Stephanie Pollack and the Transportation Priorities Task Force, a group brought together by the Urban Land Institute Boston Council, to produce the report On the Right Track. Her research on transit agencies across the nation, and creation of a database of transit-oriented development in and around Boston, contributed to the final report.

Sophia graduated form Northeastern University in 2006 with a B.A. in International Affairs and Economics. Before working at the Dukakis Center, she studied in Seville, Spain, where she took classes in Spanish and lived with a family. In between working at the Dukakis Center, Sophia took on a co-op position at Wellington Management as a financial operations intern.

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Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan was the Executive Assistant for the Dukakis Center and Policy School for many years before her retirement in September 2013. Her background includes 25 years working in the public sector for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts initially as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health, with a focus on fiscal and management issues at the public health hospitals. She joined the State House staff of Governor Michael Dukakis in 1985 as Director of Administration for the Executive Office of the Governor, a position to which she was subsequently re-appointed by Governors Weld, Cellucci, Swift, Romney, and Patrick.

Active in community affairs, she serves as an officer and member of the Executive Board of the Lower Mills Civic Association, Vice President of the Lower Mills Village Association, a member of the Community Advisory Council for the restoration of the Lower Neponset River, and the Civic Engagement subcommittee of the Boston Civic Summit working group. Additionally, she is a Playspace Volunteer with the Horizons for Homeless Children Initiative.

A graduate of Regis College, she holds an MBA from Simmons College. Terry lives in the Baker Square complex in Dorchester Lower Mills, the site of nineteenth and early twentieth century mill buildings of the former Baker Chocolate Company, which have been rehabbed and restored as housing.

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Laurie DopkinsLaurie Dopkins

Laurie Dopkins was Senior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center and Director of Academic Programs for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Immediately prior to moving to Boston in 2008, Laurie was Associate Research Professor at George Mason University where she taught evaluation research methods and led community-based action research projects involving collaborations between nonprofit organizations, government agencies, businesses, private foundations, and multiple units within the university.

Before joining the faculty at Mason, Dopkins had her own consulting firm in Atlanta where she worked with public sector agencies, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations on policy research and program evaluation in a wide range of areas including children and youth, community and economic development, maternal and child health, education, and immigration. Dopkins has broad experience in the management, analysis and evaluation of policies and programs, including the development of accountability and outcomes monitoring systems. She has specialized in developing collaborative evaluation techniques that enhance evaluation capacity and utilization among diverse stakeholder groups, including policymakers and program managers, service providers and clients, community leaders and advocates.

Dopkins has published dozens of evaluation and research reports for foundations, government organizations, nonprofit agencies, and community groups. Her specific areas of interest in the field of evaluation are social indicators, organizational learning, program theory and logic models, evaluation capacity building, evidence based policy and practice, and the translation of knowledge to action. Dopkins received her Ph.D in Sociology from Rutgers University in 1984. She lives in Brookline with her husband, Steve Vallas, and has two grown daughters, Rebecca and Kaitlin.

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Amy Dolphin

Amy Dolphin was the first full-time administrative secretary for the Dukakis Center. She was responsible for establishing all of the administrative functions of the Dukakis Center, instilling a smooth operation that lasts today.

Amy previously worked for the Boston Design Collaborative and has contributed extensive volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity.

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Dan Drazen

Dan Drazen served as a Research Associate during the summer of 2009. He worked with Stephanie Pollack on a research project examining the relationship between transit-rich neighborhoods and their economic and racial diversity. Dan recently completed his first year of graduate studies at Boston University, where he is a full-time student in the school’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

Dan has over six years of experience in urban and transportation planning for public agencies at the state and local level. Before pursuing his M.B.A., Dan was a Deputy Project Manager at Moore Iacofano Goltsman Inc., a consulting firm based in Berkeley, California, where he developed an expertise in strategic and policy planning for downtown and transit-oriented development projects. Dan also worked for two years as a Transportation Planner in the headquarters office of the California Department of Transportation in Sacramento.

Dan holds a B.A. in political science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He lives in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline with his girlfriend, Emily, and their cat, Nuptse.

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Sönke Ehret

Sönke Ehret was a Visiting Researcher from Germany in 2008. While here, he worked on his master’s thesis on close electoral races and information efficiency at the Dukakis Center. He is a research assistant and project manager at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration at Freie University of Berlin’s.

In addition to his theoretical interests in political economy and game theory, Sönke has worked in the Parliament of the city of Berlin as a comparative research consultant on health planning in German city- states.

He holds a dual- undergraduate degree from University of Munich in Political Science and Economics and has participated in conferences and summer courses all over Europe as part of his research. Besides traveling, Sönke enjoys rowing and being in his home city on the Baltic Sea, Kiel.

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Ray Elman

Ray Elman is the Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Bridgeline, a multimedia development firm that worked with the Dukakis Center’s Federal Mediation Conciliation Service project. Elman was the head of a team working on developing the website and CD-ROM for the FMCS resource kit, which will disseminate the findings of the Dukakis Center’s FMCS case studies.

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Peter Enrich

Peter Enrich is a Professor in Northeastern University’s School of Law and a founding member of Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative (WCHC). Professor Enrich specializes in issues of local government law and state and local tax policy, and also co-teaches the Law School’s first-year course on Law, Culture and Difference, which has provided legal research for several WCHC projects. Before coming to Northeastern in 1991, Professor Enrich served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Professor Enrich frequently serves as an advisor to the state legislature and advocacy groups interested in Massachusetts fiscal policy, and has served two terms as an elected selectman in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Charles C. Euchner

Charles C. Euchner served as the first Associate Director of the Dukakis Center. Under his direction, the Dukakis Center website was developed and the World Class Housing Collaborative was born, the first product of which was “A New Paradigm for Housing in Greater Boston”, the housing report prepared in partnership with The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Before coming to the Dukakis Center, Charlie was the Project Manager for Boston 400, the long-term planning initiative for the City of Boston. He taught political science at the College of the Holy Cross and is the author of Extraordinary Politics: How Protest and Dissent Are Changing American Democracy and Playing the Field: Why Sports Teams Move and Cities Fight to Keep Them. Charlie received his Ph.D. in political science at Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

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Farid Faid Farid

Farid Faid Farid was a Visiting Fellow at the Dukakis Center, on leave from Cairo University in Egypt, where he serves on the Urban and Regional Planning faculty as a full-time assistant professor in the Urban Design department (since 2000) and also as a part-time senior researcher in the Center of Research and Urban Studies. Farid’s teaching experience has spanned thirteen years, covering various courses and studios concerning architecture, urban design, landscape design, upgrading and conservation, site planning, graphic presentation, housing, and human and environment. While at the Dukakis Center, Farid continued work on his doctoral thesis, focusing on the impact of various urban regulation systems, a comparative study of the techniques used in the United States to maintain cities’ urban character.

He received his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Cairo University’s Urban and Regional Planning faculty in 2000, with a concentration in urban regulation systems. His research and reading interests are in the visual studies of urban design, codes and regulations systems, zoning ordinance and land use development, and sustainable urban control.

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Victor Forberger

Victor Forberger served as the Case Study Manager of the Dukakis Center’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services research project. He is a doctoral candidate in Northeastern’s Law, Policy, and Society program.

In addition to his work at Northeastern University, Victor has also worked as an ESL instructor and served as an organizer for a statewide health care reform campaign. He holds B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and a law degree from Northeastern. He also holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Florida at Gainesville, where he specialized in twentieth century labor history.

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Ken Forde

Ken Forde is a staff member at Northeastern University’s Urban Law and Public Policy Institute and was a member of the Dukakis Center’s Community Enterprise Technical Assistance Collaborative. He worked on the survey project of small minority businesses, which measured the expertise and comfort level small minority businesses have with accounting systems, e-commerce, and business-to-business capabilities.

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Cory Fox

Cory Fox was an intern at the Dukakis Center working with Sarah Heim on updating the Dukakis Center website and adding commentary.

Prior to coming to the Dukakis Center Cory served as an intern at Portland Magazine in Portland, Maine. Fox received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.

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Abby Goldstein

Abby Goldstein was a Research Assistant at the Dukakis Center, working with Don Walsh on the Massachusetts Manufacturing Study and with Alexandra Curley on the Maverick Garden HOPE VI Evaluation Survey.

Abby was inspired to begin her work at the Dukakis Center after taking Barry Bluestone’s Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs course in 2006. She has completed several political internships all over the country, including: the Kerry-Edwards Presidential campaign; Tom Daschle’s Senate campaign in South Dakota; Congressman Barney Frank’s Washington, DC office; and Senator Edward Kennedy’s offices in Boston and Washington, DC. She most recently worked as the Deputy New England Finance Director of Senator Evan Bayh’s short-lived Presidential campaign. In the winter of 2007, Abby also received the opportunity to travel to Cyprus on a faculty-led program on international conflict negotiation.

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Anne Habiby

Anne Habiby was a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center, and is currently a visiting scholar at Northeastern University and Special Consultant to the President’s Office on Urban Strategy. She is a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is teaching a new graduate course on global competitive strategies for cities at the Illinois Institute of Technology with the Dean of the Stuart School of Business. She is currently researching a book on strategy entitled What’s Your GPS? Global Positioning Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Cities.

Anne is a national expert in economic development. She is one of the founders of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit launched in 1995 by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. ICIC has engaged hundreds of business and civic leaders to expand the job and business base of distressed urban areas.

From 1996 to mid 2005, Anne led the organization as its Co-Executive Director. She oversaw all of ICIC’s work and, collaborating closely with Michael Porter, pioneered strategies to advance the economic potential of inner cities. Additionally, Anne has worked with leaders in many U.S. cities, led over 15 research projects that contributed new insights that have been widely reported, help create the ICIC-Inc. Magazine Inner City 100 list which tracks 100 of the fastest growing companies located in inner cities, and was one of the founders of the national Inner City Economic Forum.

An advisor to a number of government and corporate leaders, Anne is regularly quoted by the media and is a requested speaker at conferences, and for television and radio programs. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency, she hosts an annual business roundtable for over 700 entrepreneurs. Her panelists have included senior executives from FedEx, WallMart, IBM, and OfficeMax, as well as celebrated entrepreneurs and academics.

Anne was an investment banker in the Public Finance Department of Morgan Stanley & Co. specializing in finance for hospitals and universities. She holds degrees in economics from Barnard College of Columbia University and Cambridge University (UK).

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Kimberly Hall

Kimberly Hall served as the Dukakis Center’s technical editor, updating and editing the Dukakis Center website while a doctoral student in Northeastern University’s Law, Policy and Society program.

Kimberly is now an instructional designer at Emerson College, working with faculty to effectively use the Internet for teaching. Before working at Emerson, she was an instructional designer at Northeastern University and an educational technologist and teacher of English as a Second Language at San Diego State University. She earned her M.A. in Educational Technology (1998) and M.A. in History (1993) at San Diego State University. Her historical research focused on women in World War II San Diego. In Educational Technology, her research and projects have ranged from integrating online activities in various history courses to measuring the effectiveness of online communication at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to designing educational multimedia for the National Park Service. Hall has also done volunteer work for the San Diego County Family Courts, San Diego office of the ACLU, Pacific Southwest Women’s Studies Association, and has taught ESL in the San Diego County Jails as well as in Japan. She earned her B.A. in History at UMass Lowell, where she focused on urban and social history.

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Karen Hallman

Karen Hallman was a work-study student at the Dukakis Center. She researched various urban projects in other cities and states for staff members’ individual projects. She was particularly helpful to Associate Director Joan Fitzgerald in her research for her forthcoming book Moving up in the New Economy.

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Barbara Hamilton

Barbara Hamilton was a Research Fellow with The Dukakis Center. Hamilton served as a member of an international research team established to analyze the different methods used to develop unemployment statistics in 10 Western market nations. That study, “Understanding Unemployment and Working Time: A Cross-Country Comparative Study,” resulted in major conferences in Truro (1998), Boston, Massachusetts (1999), and Bellagio, Italy (1999). The study established a framework for the development of economic, industrial, and social policies. She also worked on a “data availability” project to make specialized survey data available in a user-friendly format for people and organizations that do not possess the technical skills or time necessary to manipulate complex statistical software and databases. Hamilton received her M.S. in Economic Policy and Planning from Northeastern University in 1996. She received her M.S. in Public Policy in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Public Policy. Her areas of interest include labor policy, environmental policy, quantitative modeling, and general economic policy. Before working with The Dukakis Center, she worked with Barry Bluestone at the University of Massachusetts since 1997 on Greater Boston in Transition: Race and Ethnicity in a Renaissance Region. She lives in Holbrook, Massachusetts with her husband Mitchell and their two cats, Austin and Chum.

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Susanne Heeg

Susanne Heeg was a visiting scholar at the Dukakis Center, on leave from the University of Hamburg, where she is an assistant professor (Wissenschaftliche Assistentin) teaching economic and urban geography at the Institute of Geography.

At the Dukakis Center, Susanne engaged in research about the relationship between urban renewal and economic development concerning large urban development projects on inner-city redevelopment sites. The case studies of her comparative research include the South Boston Waterfront and the waterfront at the Westhafen in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The Dukakis Center offered her a forum for discussing and advancing her research, as well as relating it to similar projects underway at the Center, such as The Rebirth of Older Industrial Cities.

Her areas of research and interest are urban geography, politico-territorial rescaling and regionalization in Western Europe and the political economy of real estate investments and the built environment. For publications (in German) click here. Susanne received her Ph.D. in Political Sciences at the European University of Frankfurt (Oder) in 2000, where she also taught as a junior lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) and she earned her master’s degree (Diplom) in Sociology at the University of Frankfurt/Main in 1992.

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Sarah Heim

Sarah Heim serves as an Independent Consultant for the Center, advising on issues related to the Dukakis Center website and the Heart of the City project. She is also working with Northeastern faculty and staff on developing a Boston Community Convention and Awards event.

Sarah worked full-time at the Dukakis Center for three years as the Managing Communications Editor. Prior to that, she was a reporter in the San Francisco bureau of Adweek Magazine. She has written for the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Magazine, Palo Alto Weekly,, Stanford Magazine and Folio Magazine, among other publications. Before earning a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University, Sarah worked in publicity and subsidiary rights at Beacon Press, an independent book publisher in Boston. She grew up in Vienna, Virginia and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. She recently earned her second master’s degree in English Literature at Northeastern and now teaches English Composition at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts.

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Bonnie Heudorfer

Bonnie Heudorfer is an independent consultant specializing in housing, strategic planning and community development. Her clients include financial institutions, municipalities and government agencies, academic institutions, and advocacy organizations. She provides a broad spectrum of services, including housing needs assessments, affordable housing plans and implementation strategies, program evaluations, survey research, and market analyses. In addition, she assists communities in the development of local and regional housing partnerships.

At the Dukakis Center, Bonnie has been a co-author of the Greater Boston Housing Report Card series, a comprehensive annual assessment of the progress Greater Boston is making toward providing housing opportunities for all of its citizens. Previously, she worked on the Center’s Weston Housing Survey. Bonnie has also worked on many other projects including, “Taking the Initiative: A Guidebook on Creating Local Affordable Housing Strategies,” a comprehensive guidebook, commissioned by Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association and funded by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, to provide assistance to communities attempting to expand their affordable housing options and “Massachusetts Housing Affordability Review: The Skyrocketing Costs of Homeownership in Massachusetts,” a housing affordability gap analysis, by community, prepared for 2000-2002.

She has served as a consultant to CHAPA, the Governor’s Task Force on MGL Chapter 40B, and as a consultant to the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund and to a number of Massachusetts cities and towns.

Prior to establishing her own consulting practice in the spring of 2001, Bonnie was BankBoston’s Director of Community Reinvestment and Fair Lending, and before that, Director of Residential Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. She was the co-founder of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development and served as the first Executive Director of the Boston Housing Partnership. She serves on the board of directors and executive committee of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, of which she is a past president, and is the Chair of the Town of Harvard’s Housing Partnership. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Bonnie received her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute.

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Elizabeth Herman

Elizabeth Herman served as a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center during the summer of 2009. Biz is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Economics in Political Science.

The summer after her freshman year, Elizabeth worked at The Welcome Project, an immigrant rights organization located in East Somerville’s Mystic Housing Development; it was during her time at TWP that she first became interested in economic justice and housing policy. Returning to Tufts, Elizabeth enrolled in the Institute for Global Leadership’s Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Colloquium, a year-long course on global poverty and inequality.

Since declaring her dual major, Elizabeth’s coursework and research have centered around public policy and economic development, with a special focus on education policy. During her time at Tufts, she has been able to intertwine her studies with her love of photography through [EXPOSURE], Tufts’ student-led photojournalism group, which has allowed her to investigate issues of education and human rights through the camera’s lens.

During her time at the Dukakis Center, Elizabeth conducted research on nationwide housing policy and demographic shifts, contributing to various projects at the center, including the Encore Careers initiative and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s Housing and Economic Development Report.

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Stein Helmrich

Stein Helmrich was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center working with Barry Bluestone on the Boston Renaissance Resource Kit. He began Law School at the University of Connecticut in Fall 2004.

Stein received his BS in History and Political Science from Northeastern University in 2003. While at Northeastern he worked at the University Archives and Special Collections, the Boston Athenaeum, and was actively involved in local politics.

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Marc Horne

Marc served as a full-time research associate at the The Dukakis Center from 2006 through 2010. He attended UMass Lowell where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development.

At the the Dukakis Center, Marc’s primary research focused on municipal economic development as part of the Dukakis Center’s Economic Development Partnership. Marc also assisted with research into housing, state and local finance, and the Massachusetts manufacturing industry. Marc served as the in-house GIS practitioner, producing maps for many center research projects. Marc also worked on transit-oriented policy research with Stephanie Pollack.

Marc’s personal research interests include local and regional economic development policies, environmental ethics and regulation, the philosophy of social science, transportation and public transit, and urban design issues.

Marc is a life-long resident of Lowell, MA, where he serves on Lowell’s Green Building Commission and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

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Jim Hlawek

Jim Hlawek was a research associate at the Dukakis Center, working with David Soule on a project studying the impact of the Massachusetts property tax system on sprawl. Prior to working with the Dukakis Center, Jim worked as a consultant and an auditor at Arthur Andersen in Chicago for eight years. He also obtained his MBA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He is a Certified Public Accountant who received his BS in Accounting from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

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Carissa HuangCarissa Huang
Marketing and Development Co-op
Communication Studies with a minor in Graphic Design, Class of 2013

Carissa is from Albany, New York. She did her second co-op as the Marketing and Development Co-op. She is a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Media Studies and a Graphic Design minor. She has always been interested in the media and how it affects the public. Whether it is through verbal communication or visuals, each aspect of the media is an area of interest. She is also passionate about non-profit work and this was apparent at her previous co-op with the American Diabetes Association. She helped coordinate and execute a fundraising event in the Central MA area.

Carissa also enjoys acrylic painting, traveling, and playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee.


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Cynthia Jackson

Cynthia Jackson is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern. She has worked at the Dukakis Center as a visiting research associate with Russell Williams on the Small Minority Business Asset Development Project. Jackson is an expert on accounting methods for small businesses and previously used her expertise to help develop and implement the Dukakis Center survey of small minority businesses, which measured their expertise with accounting systems, e-commerce, and business-to-business capabilities.

Jackson holds a B.S. from Virginia State University and a Masters and Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified public accountant in Virginia and in addition to Northeastern, has held academic posts at the University of Houston and the University of South Carolina.

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Eliza Jaquez

Eliza Jaquez was a work-study Research Assistant and Writer at the Dukakis Center while studying at Northeastern University. She received her B.A. in History, as well as a double minor in Political Science and Secondary Education in 2006. Jaquez has aspirations to attend Stanford Law and become a lawyer, practicing in the field of urban policy and education.

Originally from the Bronx, Jaquez was inspired to pursue her interests in urban policy after noticing many issues afflicting her inner-city community. After law school, she intends to return to the Bronx and hopes her degree will allow her to implement changes within her hometown.

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Deirdre Judge

Deirdre worked on the 2012 Manufacturing Report Card, as well as the Discovering Justice final report. She grew up in Framingham, MA, and enjoys traveling, cooking, eating, reading, and Netflix.

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Jay Kaufman Jay Kaufman

Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and now chairs the legislature’s Committee on Revenue. He had, for two terms, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass major pension reform initiatives.

His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice. He led the fight to pass and implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, and alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools. During his freshman term, he broke a six-year logjam to win passage of the Rivers Act, a major environmental protection bill. He is currently leading the effort to pass the Act for Healthy Massachusetts, a bill that would encourage the substitution of safer alternatives to commonly-used toxic chemicals. He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness and has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program.

His monthly “OPEN HOUSE” public policy forum, now in its fourteenth season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series. Jay was appointed founding director of Northeastern University’s new center for Leadership and Public Life where he now teaches and leads leadership development workshops for those in or aspiring to public life.

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Jerold Kayden

Jerold Kayden is a professor of urban planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a co-author of the Dukakis Center’s Cambridge Housing linkage study. For the Cambridge project, Kayden served as the Dukakis Center’s expert on the legal issues surrounding linkage programs. Kayden published Privately Owned Public Space: The New York Experience in 2000.

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Margaret Keaveny
Master of Public Administration

Margaret worked as a research assistant on the Commonwealth Housing Task Force at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy under the direction of Dr. Barry Bluestone.

Margaret was born and raised in West Roxbury, MA. She attended Ursuline Academy and was a three sport varsity letter winner. In her senior year, the Ursuline Bears won the State Championship at the Fleet Center, the first championship title in school history.

In 2009, Margaret received her B.S. from Acadia University located in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley overlooking the tranquil Bay of Fundi. While attending Acadia, Margaret was an active member of the university community. She was an International Welcome Week Leader, resident council Secretary, Vice President of the Biology Society, and was elected the representative for the Faculty of Science on the Acadia Student’s Union (ASU). In her senior year, she was appointed Senator on the Acadia Faculty Senate and a Member of the Board of Governors.

Margaret was active in the the Graduate and Professional Student’s Association (GPSA) and served as a Senator representing the Department of Political Science. She is pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree and looks forward to a career in community development and state and local governance. Apart from her academic career, Margaret coaches 5th and 6th grade girls’ basketball at the West Roxbury Community Center.

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Daniel Keegan

Daniel Keegan was a website editor for the Dukakis Center Website. He reported on urban policy events in the Greater Boston area and happenings within the Dukakis Center itself. Before receiving a B.A. from Northeastern University, Daniel worked for The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA), The Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA), and at (Falls Church, VA).

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Michael E. Lake

Michael was the Executive Director of the World Class Cities Partnership, now known as Leading Cities, headquartered at Northeastern University. As Executive Director, Michael establishes and develops relationships with municipal governments and universities around the world, creating a global network of partner cities dedicated to implementing public policy to address shared challenges facing 21st century cities. Michael’s career in public service has spanned from serving two United States Presidents as Special Assistant for White House Operations to serving the former Prime Minister of Ireland as a policy research analyst and most recently serving as Director of Development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, Michael was the first and only graduate in history from Northeastern University or the state of Massachusetts to have completed five undergraduate degrees simultaneously. He graduated summa cum laude studying Finance, Political Science, Communications, Entrepreneurship and Management Information Systems. Michael also serves as a Board member for the Neighborhood Organization for Affordable Housing (NOAH), Boston Representative for the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Cities Network, a member of the Boston Public Library’s Young Professionals Committee, the Executive Director of Northeastern’s College of Business Talent Development Committee, an Alumni Mentor and is involved in a number of other charitable organizations.

Ashley Lanfer

Ashley G. Lanfer came to the Dukakis Center from the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she managed the Heart of the City project. “Heart of the City” refers to the urban and natural spaces at the geographic center of the city of Boston. The project, which is now based at the Dukakis Center, provides a comprehensive, web-based storehouse of information about the places, organizations, and issues that comprise Boston’s inner city and explores connections between public health, environmental issues, physical planning, transportation, and education.

Previous to her work on Heart of the City, Ashley received a Master’s degree in environmental science from Yale University. Her graduate work centered on the relationship between people and protected areas in the U.S. and in Africa. She also managed a grass-roots environmental organization in northern Kenya and has researched and written three land use handbooks for communities in southern and eastern Africa. Ashley graduated from Dartmouth College in 1997 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and English.

Ashley is currently a program officer with Strategic Grant Partners.

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David Langseth

David Langseth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University and has served as a member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Langseth worked as a registered professional engineer gaining twenty years of experience in environmental engineering and management consulting. His professional experience and research interests include urban storm water management, environmental assessment and remediation, and environmental risk management.

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Richard LaRock Jr.

Richard (more commonly known as “Rocky”) was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center, where he worked on the Boston Renaissance Resource Kit. Originally from Hudson, NH, where he coincidently still resides, Rocky earned his B.S. and Master’s in economics from Northeastern University.

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Derek Lindblom

Derek Lindblom was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center, primarily focused on creating development material for the Center. He previously worked on the research team of Senator Hillary Clinton and did consumer advocacy work for New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Derek received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

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Nicole Lindstrom

Nicole Lindstrom was a Senior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center who worked primarily on two major housing projects: the Cambridge Linkage Study and the TeleCom City Housing Impact Study.

Prior to joining the Dukakis Center, Nicole worked as a consultant to public housing authorities and community development agencies in the Boston metropolitan area, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and New York City. She consulted for The World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Human Development Sector Unit on several studies related to Roma education and social service initiatives in Eastern Europe. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul.

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Richard Maloney

Richard Maloney was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center where he worked on urban housing issues.

Prior to working with the Dukakis Center, Richard taught music at Beaver Country Day School in Brookline, MA and served as the graduate academic advisor at the New England Conservatory of Music. In the arts administration field, he worked for the Boston Early Music Festival and served as general manager of the internationally renowned early music ensemble, the Boston Camerata. Currently, Maloney is assistant director and assistant professor of the Arts Administration department at Boston University. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP).

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Angelique Marcus

Angelique was a research associate at the Dukakis Center who worked on the Inner City Business Database. She is an alumni of the MURP program, and received her B.S. from Northeastern University in 2010.

Angelique is from Long Island, New York.

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Brittany Martin

Brittany Martin was a Research Assistant at the Dukakis Center aiding David Soule on the Urban Initiative Project. Brittany graduated from Northeastern in 2004. Her main interests are in economic development and urban planning.

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Abby McCabe

Abby McCabe was a research intern at the Dukakis Center working with Sarah Heim on the Heart of the City Project. Abby graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004 with a B.S. in Environmental Design and Sociology, and went on to receive a certificate in Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston in the Women in Politics Program. She is now continuing her education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is working towards a master’s degree in Urban Planning.

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Mark Melnick

Mark Melnik is the Deputy Director for Research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Before joining the BRA in 2007, Mark worked as a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center on The Rebirth of Older Industrial Cities: Exciting Opportunities for Private Sector Investmentreport, as well as the in development of the Labor Market Assessment Tool (LMAT), a computer-based research tool used to evaluate education, skills, and training requirements associated with various industries. This tool is currently used at the Boston Redevelopment Authority to analyze economic development issues in Boston. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 2000 and his master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2002, both in sociology. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Northeastern. Mark’s primary areas of interest include urban sociology, political economy, and community analysis.

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Noelle Minter

Noelle Minter was a work study student at the Dukakis Center, helping Ashley Lanfer and Sarah Heim complete the Heart of the City project and working on developing content for the Dukakis Center Web site. She joined the the Dukakis Center staff in March 2003.

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Katherine Moloney

Katherine (Kate) Moloney was a Research Assistant, bringing with her experience and interest in the field of affordable multi-family rental housing. She worked primarily on the 2005 Greater Boston Housing Report Card.

Prior to joining the Dukakis Center, Moloney was an Associate at Housing Partners, Inc. (HPI), from April 2002 to October 2004. At HPI she conducted due diligence and underwriting for the development of mortgage restructuring plans for project-based Section 8 properties in HUD’s Mark-to-Market program. Moloney also served as Assistant to the President of the National Housing Trust in Washington, D.C. (October 2000 to August 2001), where she supported the office and executive director, assisted in the submission of grant and loan proposals and reports to foundations and HUD, and assisted in the management of a predevelopment loan fund that supports the activities of nonprofits. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2000.

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Margaret Morgan
Marketing and Development Assistant
Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, Class of 2014

Margaret Morgan did her first co-op as the marketing and development co-op. She has lived all around the United States, including Washington state, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Michigan. Margaret first became interested in both Communications and Sociology by joining the first year of her high school’s resurrected debate team, where young students were given a platform to do serious independent research on social issues and present them publicly at competitions. Finding creative ways to deliver information through public speaking, the internet, or any other form of media has always been of special interest to Margaret.

Margaret enjoys reading many genres, especially science fiction, playing the French Horn, and designing adventure scavenger hunts for friends and family.

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Crystal Myers

Crystal Myers was a research assistant at the Dukakis Center from 2003 to 2005. The majority of her time at the Center was spent working on the Heart of the City project with Sarah Heim, Hope VI evaluation with Alex Curley, and the 2004 Housing Report Card with Bonnie Heudorfer. Crystal has thoroughly appreciated her time at the Dukakis Center because the position allowed her the opportunity to explore her interests in urban policies. Throughout her years at Northeastern, Crystal worked to keep involved in the processes of state and local government. She has worked in the Massachusetts State Senate as a summer intern, took on a co-op with the New England Convenience Store Association, and once back in classes, she participated in an honors research project assisting the Boston City Council. In the beginning of her senior year she spent a semester studying abroad in England. Following her graduation from Northeastern University in 2005, she began the pursuit of a master’s degree in Community Planning at the University of Maryland.

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Emily Neal

Emily Neal worked at the Dukakis Center as a Research Assistant with David Soule on updating the Boston Renaissance Resource Toolkit.

Emily is originally from Utah and moved to Massachusetts in 1997 to attend Mount Holyoke College. In 2001, she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She now attends Northeastern University, where she is pursuing her MPA as well as a Ph.D. in Public and Environmental Policy, while also working as a teaching assistant for the Department of Political Science. Before attending graduate school, Emily was an environmental consultant for Boston-based firm Sleeman, Hanley, & DiNitto where she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Housatonic River Project.

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Lauren Nicoll

Lauren Nicoll was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center where she worked on projects focusing on Boston, non-profit capacity building, and transit-oriented development. Past projects include theGreater Boston Housing Report Card, Staying Power: Manufacturing in Massachusetts, and several others. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business Management from Drew University in Madison, NJ in 2004. She entered the PhD program at Northeastern in Sociology in the fall of 2005 and is working on her PhD. In the summer of 2008, Lauren served as a Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellow, working at the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, MA on the topic of strengthening and growing the design industry. Lauren has taught research methods and social problems in the sociology department.

Lauren’s academic interests include urban economic development, work and organizations, and globalization. In her free time, Lauren enjoys biking around Boston, trying new recipes, and traveling to visit family and friends.

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Francis Olschafskie

Francis Olschafskie is an expert on website development and was formerly the Chief Technology Officer for Bridgeline, a multimedia development firm. He has advised the Dukakis Center on a number of projects and served as the software developer for the FMCS Resource Center, a computerized arbitration and mediation library tool developed by the Center for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

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Stan Phanord

Stan was originally born in Haiti and moved to America when he was three years old. He was raised in Massachusetts for most of my life. He was later accepted to the Boston Latin Academy and graduated in the Class of 2009. Upon graduation he became a 2009-2010 ACCESS Scholar. From there he was accepted into Northeastern University’s Foundation Year Program (a more structured and supportive Freshman Year Program). He completed the program with high honors and decided to remain at Northeastern to continue his studies.

Stan studied Political Science at Northeastern with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. His role at the Dukakis Center included videotaping the Open Classroom Series, as well as assist in the management of the Dukakis Center website.

Stan’s ultimate goal is to eventually work with adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds and inspire them to find success through a college education.

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Christina Pampoukidis

Christina Pampoukidis was a research assistant who worked on both administrative and research duties at the Dukakis Center. As Christina progressed academically in college she became more aware of her passion for politics, society, and the law. The ability to interact daily with diverse people looking for legal assistance only made her more determined that her future role will be to serve others as a lawyer or public official.

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Judy Pearring

Judy Pearring was a Work-Study Research Assistant at the Dukakis Center working on numerous ongoing projects within the office.

As an undergraduate student at Northeastern, Judy was able to work towards a well-rounded education to suit her many interests. Previously, she was the Administrative Executive for several publications under TextPros, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Gordana Rabrenovic

Gordana Rabrenovic is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University and worked with the Dukakis Center to plan the 2002 Urban Affairs Association conference, which the Dukakis Center hosted. Rabrenovic teaches organizational, urban and community, and family courses at Northeastern University. Her research interests are oriented toward comparative, cross-cultural social analysis in the areas of urban sociology, social stratification, and voluntary and nonprofit organizations. She is currently studying the restructuring of the public sector using examples of Boston University’s management of the Chelsea public school system and the new Charter School policy. Her book Community Builders: Neighborhood Mobilization and the Politics of Urban Change was published in 1996.

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James V. Rowan

James V. Rowan is a Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Director of Clinical Education. He is a founding member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. Rowan has participated in the design and delivery of a series of innovative clinical programs, including a long-term collaboration with Harvard Law School and the Legal Services Corporation. He was formerly Director of Training for the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. His practice in poverty law includes economic development of worker cooperatives, legislative lobbying on welfare reform, and community legal education for working women.

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Alicia Russell

Alicia Russell directs and has led the development of Northeastern’s Educational Technology Center, which opened in 1998 to help faculty make effective use of technology in teaching. At the Dukakis Center, Russell worked with a diverse team to develop strategies for the Museum of Economic History at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. As director of the EdTech Center, Ms. Russell brokers partnerships and fosters collaboration among university departments, publishing companies hardware and software vendors, local, regional, national and international organizations such as Educause and New Media Centers. She served on the 1997 Educom national program committee and currently serves on many university committees concerned with technology. Ms. Russell oversees the EdTech Center’s grant-funded partnerships with departments and colleges, and coordinates the NU Tech Expo, an annual showcase of technology developed by NU faculty, students, and staff. Ms. Russell holds a BA in English and an MA in Education from the University of Kansas.

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Katja Schiller

Katja Schiller was a Research Assistant working with David Soule on the Economic Development Partnership project. Katja received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois in 2004. After graduation, Katja moved to Boston to begin a career in the non-profit sector and worked as a Development Associate for Whittier Street Health Center, located in Roxbury. Her current research interests include urban economic development, police-community relations, homeland security, and conflict resolution and management.

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Lisa Schneiderman

Lisa Schneiderman was an intern at the Dukakis Center who wrote for the Dukakis Center website. She graduated from Tufts University (2001) with a degree in chemistry and a minor in history.

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Marvin M. Siflinger

Marvin M. Siflinger is the Chairman of Housing Partners, Inc., a Boston-based national housing consulting and asset management firm, and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University. He is also a founding member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. Prior to the founding of Housing Partners, Siflinger served as executive director and chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency from 1983 to 1995. He has also held a number of positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Boston and New York, including area manager of HUD’s Boston office. He has won many prestigious awards, including the national public service award from the American Society for Public Administration in 1991.

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Boyce Slayman

Boyce Slayman was a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center as well as at Northeastern’s Urban Law & Public Policy Institute. At the Dukakis Center, Slayman was an advisor to the World Class Housing Collaborative. Before coming to Northeastern, Slayman was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, a statewide association of community-based organizations that deliver a wide variety of educational, health and social services. As its registered lobbyist, he was the industry’s official spokesman. Slayman has also been a political consultant for a diverse array of public officials and political parties. He has advised presidential candidates Paul Tsongas and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as well as former Congressmen J. Joseph Moakley and Joseph P. Kennedy, II. His work has taken him to Northern Ireland, Southern Africa and many Caribbean countries. Boyce holds a B.S. in Management from UMass Boston.

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David Soule

David Soule was Associate Director at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Prior to joining the Center, he served as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council after 15 + years of service. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Council, he was responsible for a budget which exceeded $8 million and a staff of more than 80 professional and support personnel. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of MetroPlan, a comprehensive plan for the future of the Boston metropolitan area. The Council develops regional plans and programs and provides technical assistance to the municipalities in the metropolitan area.

In April 2003, Soule completed his Ph.D. in the Law, Policy, and Society program at Northeastern University. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Soule served as the Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in Nashua, New Hampshire for 7 years. From 1971 to 1980, he served as Deputy and Planning Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford, Connecticut. Soule had a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College.

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Terry Stone

Terry Stone worked on the Dukakis Center’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services research project and assisted Joan Fitzgerald with the development of Northeatern’s Urban Studies program. Over the past several years, Terry has conducted research in law, public policy, and industrial relations, looking at topics ranging from property rights, environmental law, tobacco policymaking, local government, and labor-management cooperation. He has worked as a judicial clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court, and as a research associate for the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Terry lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Amy Kropke, and their one year-old boy, Kiernan. Stone is a graduate of Allegheny College (B.A., 1987), and the New England School of Law (J.D., 1991).

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David Streim

David Streim was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center assisting on a variety of projects. He received a B.A. from Vassar College in 2005 and has been living in the Boston area since 2006. David held recent intern positions at Interlock media, contributing to a documentary film examining sexual abuse in US prisons, and at the International Institute of Boston where he tutored immigrants applying for citizenship.

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Cassie Taylor

Cassie is from Barnstable, Massachusetts. For her first co-op, she worked at Follett Software as a technical writer for the company’s student information system software. Her second and final co-op found her handling public relations and marketing responsibilities for the Dukakis Center.

While at Northeastern, Cassie developed an interest in sociology, and hopes to combine that interest with her background in writing to work with social issues affecting women, children, and the disadvantaged.

She enjoys swimming, cooking, and music.

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Suzanne Teegarden

Suzanne Teegarden and Barbara Baran were Co-Directors for Workforce Strategies Collaborative (WSC) at the Dukakis Center and Partners in the Workforce Learning Strategies consultancy. Workforce Strategies Collaborative is dedicated to helping policy-makers, labor, community and business leaders develop strategies to ensure decent work and income for individuals and regions.

Previously, Teegarden was the President of the Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning (CBWL). She was also the Executive Director of the Industrial Services Program, one of CBWL’ s two predecessor organizations. CBWL is a Massachusetts’ quasi-public corporation chartered to provide policy and program leadership in workforce and economic development. Besides administering the major training programs for the Commonwealth, CBWL also provided research, demonstration, and technical assistance designed to improve the effectiveness of workforce development systems.

Teegarden has also provided policy guidance on an international and national level. In 1990 Teegarden served as a member of a delegation created by the Department of Labor to provide technical assistance on employment and training to Hungary. She has also participated in study missions to Italy, Denmark, and England.

For more than a decade, Teegarden worked for more than a decade in labor and community-based organizations in San Francisco.

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Richard Ting

Richard Ting worked with David Soule in 2005 primarily doing research on public education financing. His time at the Dukakis Center allowed him to explore his interests in local government financing and economic development issues.

Richard graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005. He has a Sc.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University (2000), and an S.M. in Toxicology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001). Before attending law school, Richard served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA doing neighborhood planning and economic development work in Spokane, Washington. In the summer of 2004, he received a public interest fellowship to conduct research for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The research involved industrial development organizations and tax base sharing. Upon graduating from law school, Richard returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to practice law. In Pittsburgh, he hopes to stay involved with urban and regional policy issues.

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Darya Tsibulskaya

Darya Tsibulskaya was born in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine and emigrated from there to San Francisco, CA with her family when she was seven years old. In high school, she developed an interest in politics. Following this interest, she interned for a District Supervisor in San Francisco City Hall and then went on to serve on the San Francisco Youth Commission for two years. While at Northeastern, Darya studied Political Science and Business Administration.

James Wang

James Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Northeastern University and was a member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from NC State University and is a licensed professional engineer with a previous practice as an environmental engineer. He has engineering experience in the areas of environmental assessment and site remediation.

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Jeff Weir

Jeff Weir was a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center. He worked with Bonnie Heudorfer on the Weston Housing Survey and the Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2003. Jeff received his Master’s of Public Administration at Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in History from Friends University (2002) in Wichitia, Kansas.

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Gretchen Weismann

Gretchen Weismann was a Senior Research Associate at the Dukakis Center, primarily working with the World Class Housing Collaborative. She is also a PhD student in urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Weismann was the project manager of A New Housing Paradigm for Greater Boston, a major study of housing that identified a full range of strategic policies that can be used to address the housing crisis in Greater Boston. This project, funded by Fleet Bank and coordinated by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs at the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, culminated in a major conference in September 2000 and generated extensive coverage of the housing crisis in Greater Boston.

In addition to the Archdiocese housing project, Weismann served as project manager for the TeleCom City Housing Impact Study and as a case study director for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Project, focusing on joint labor-management practices at the Children’ s Health East Hospitals in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She also works as a consultant to public housing authorities on the development of portfolio asset management strategies. Her previous work focused on expanding affordable housing opportunties as a case manager for the homeless at the Pine Street Inn, and Long Island Shelter, as a housing advocate for low-income populations at Jamaica Plain Legal Services, and Habitat for Humanity, and more recently as an intern and volunteer on policy issues related to low-income housing tax credits and people with disabilities at Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.

Weismann holds a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul (1992) and an M.P.A. from Northeastern University (1999), where her research centered on urban social policy and state and local government. Weismann is a lifelong resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

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Peter Wiederspahn

Peter Wiederspahn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at Northeastern University and a member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. He began his career with the internationally-recognized New York architecture firms of Richard Meier and Partners, and Gwathmey Siegel Associates. Upon receiving his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1989, he began his own firm, Wiederspahn Architects, where his current professional practices focuses on wood frame housing.

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David Wright

David Wright was a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center. His primary role was as community liason for the World Class Housing Collaborative. In this role, he assisted the WCHC as it reached out to community-based organizations in an effort to bring community health and social services to the families of the new housing the WCHC helped to bring on-line. Additionally, David assisted with the Technology Opportunities Project Fellowship and the MassAgenda website. This project is designed to help community-based organizations develop their capacity for advocacy using technology.

Born and raised in Roxbury, David is a native Bostonian. A product of Boston public schools, he is a graduate of both the Boston Latin School and Harvard College, with honors. David is a licensed minister at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also serves on the boards of several community-based organizations and as trustee of Farrington Memorial Trust.

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Dennis Wright

Dennis J. Wright was the Executive Director of the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute at Northeastern University and a founding member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. Prior to coming to the Institute, he served as executive director of the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness at the Boston Bar Association. He has previously taught at Curry College and has lectured and published on nonprofit law and policy issues. His practice in community development law includes exempt law practices, faith-based community development, and the formation of community development corporations. He has served on a number of community boards, is on the editorial board of the New England Nonprofit Quarterly, and is vice president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

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Shiawee X. Yang

Shiawee X. Yang is an Associate Professor and Joseph Riesman Research Professor in the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University as well as a member of the Dukakis Center’s World Class Housing Collaborative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and an MS from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and MS and PhD degrees from Penn State University. Her teaching and research interests in real estate and financial economics concern strategic bargaining and investment in real estate markets.

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Yingchan Zhang

Yingchan Zhang is a doctoral student in the Northeastern University Department of Sociology. She received her B.A. in Economics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China in 2007, an M.A. in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2009, and an M.A. in Sociology from Northeastern University in 2011. For her first master’s degree, Yingchan wrote a thesis on the experiences of immigrant nurses in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her research interests include social stratification, immigration, globalization, and urban economic and social development.

Prior to her work at the Dukakis Center, Yingchan served as Research Assistant from 2007 to 2009 in the project “An Ethnographic Study of Lowell, MA: Immigration, Globalization and Enterprise in the ‘All-American City.'” In the summer of 2010, she worked as a program assistant at the Center for Family, Work and Community at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Yingchan was born and raised in Chengdu, China. She came to the US for graduate school in 2007 and currently lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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Don Zizzi

Don Zizzi was a Senior Research Associate at The Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. He was involved in developing and advancing the center’s Economic Development Partnership to help communities around the country attract business and industries to their jurisdictions. He assisted in the Center’s survey of the manufacturing industry in Massachusetts. In addition to his work at the Dukakis Center, Don is also an adjunct professor in UMass Lowell’s Department of Regional Economic and Social Development and a Senior Fellow in their Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Prior to joining the Center, Don had extensive planning and management experience in both the public and private sectors. During his more than twenty years in public service, he has served as the Executive Director of Nashua Regional Planning Commission and chief planner in Schenectady County, NY, before that. In the private sector, Don managed U.S. remote facility development and operations for a Silicon Valley based technology firm, and he headed the company’s strategic planning initiative to support future business opportunities and to plot the course for the company’s global expansion. He has also founded and operated a start-up business of his own delivering specialized internet-based text over IP telecommunication service for large institutional customers serving the deaf, hard of hearing and speech restricted individuals. Don was one of the founding members of the Nashua, NH Center for Economic Development, serving eight years on its executive committee and helping to establish its innovative business incubator.

Don received his BA from Fordham University and his MPA from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy. He lives in Nashua, NH with his wife, Kathy, a master elementary school teacher. He cites as his proudest accomplishments of the last few years: caring for an ailing parent (since deceased), attending all of his son’s baseball games and writing a novel.

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