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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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."