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Courtney Fahlin, MPP

Civic Action Project Fellow is Fighting Hunger

Courtney Fahlin MPP ’23 is on a mission to break the cycle of hunger.

Olly Kelly, MPPA 2024

Civic Action Project Fellow Helps Shape Future of Equality

As a member of the 2022 Civic Action Project (CAP) Fellowship, Oliver "Olly" Kelly MPPA ’24 is already doing meaningful work in the world of policymaking.

Crystal Green, MPPA 2019

SPP Alum Comes Full Circle with Board Appointment

Since her graduation from the School of Public Policy (SPP), Crystal Green MPPA ’19 has been busy. Very busy.

UMass Amherst School of Public Policy Professor Michael Ash

Michael Ash is Making Renewable Energy Equitable

The rapid transition to an energy system based on renewable electricity sources instead of fossil fuels is one of the great challenges facing humanity—yet what is an energy system if not also sustainable and equitable?

UMass Amherst School of Public Policy CAP Fellows 2022

Class of 2022 Civic Action Project Fellows Kicks off in Boston

In its fourth year, the Civic Action Project (CAP) now boasts over 20 brilliant students serving in meaningful, real-world placements. Since the founding of the CAP program in 2019, SPP graduate students have gained experience in settings ranging from state-level policymaking to major news publications. 

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Alum Profile: Adrienne Núñez, MPPA '21

Adrienne Núñez has served her community for nearly a decade, including two terms as an elected member of the Greenfield School Committee. During her tenure, she served as chair of the committee for two years and gained valuable experience in collective bargaining, policy development, and public budgeting. After gaining experience in so many aspects of municipal government, she naturally sought her next step.

SPP Alum Ambyr Braxton

Alum Profile: Ambyr Braxton, MPP '21

Ambyr Braxton (MPP ’21) has always wanted to help people who needed it most. So much so that she started her higher education journey studying law, hoping to work within the system to have a meaningful impact.

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Distinguished Professor Jane E. Fountain Named New School of Public Policy Director

Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences R. Karl Rethemeyer has named Distinguished Professor Jane E. Fountain the next director of the School of Public Policy (SPP).

A Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy, as well as an adjunct distinguished professor by appointment in the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences, Fountain will succeed current SPP director Alasdair Roberts, who will complete five years of service this summer.

Headshot of Marta Vicarelli

Vicarelli Research Project Receives Grant

The project, “Towards a Green and Inclusive Post-pandemic Recovery of the Blue Economy and Coastal Communities,” will provide science-based guidance for a green post-COVID recovery of coastal areas in Costa Rica, Germany, Scotland, and the US

Joseph Ferry

Internship Spotlight: Joseph Ferry, Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan

"When the Taliban successfully overthrew the Afghan government, the nature of my work completely changed," Ferry says. "I went from prioritizing constituent calls over issues with tax returns or unemployment assistance to answering calls from family members of those trapped in Afghanistan."