“I am incredibly honored to be a Rappaport Fellow and am excited for the opportunity to engage with the policy leaders throughout Massachusetts to learn how to use my law degree to create a positive impact."
Amy-Lee graduated with Honors from Wellesley College in 2010 where she received her B.A. in Political Science. She is the co-author of two non-fiction books on food and health policy, Rethink Food: 100+ Doctors Can’t Be Wrong and The Meaty Truth: Why Our Food is Destroying Our Health and Environment-and Who is Responsible. Prior to law school, Amy-Lee worked at the Brennan Center for Justice on a variety of national policy issues such as voting rights and mass incarceration and contributed research and writing to the book, The Fight To Vote by Michael Waldman. This summer she will be interning at the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel.
“I am honored and delighted to be joining the Rappaport community, and am excited for the opportunity to engage with policy makers, attorneys, and fellow Fellows at the intersection of law and public policy."
Annie graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and Political Science. While at Chicago, Annie pursued interests in crime and education policy, most recently at the University of Chicago Crime Lab where she provided research support to a project studying the nature of underground gun markets in large cities. She hopes to pursue a career advocating for innovative preventative programs, detention alternatives, and justice reform, particularly in the juvenile realm. Annie will be spending her summer at the Youth Advocacy Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
“I’m deeply honored and grateful to receive a Rappaport Fellowship, and to join such an outstanding group of people dedicated to advocacy.”
Celeste is a M.D./J.D. candidate at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Law. She graduated summa cum laude from Furman University in 2013 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a Latin American Studies Concentration. Celeste is passionate about ensuring all women have access to excellent healthcare and family planning options. When not studying, she can be found traveling, trying new cuisines, running, and reading the latest non-fiction titles. Celeste will be interning at the Massachusetts Health Connector Authority.
Suffolk Law School (1L)
“I am humbled to have been awarded a Rappaport Fellowship, and I look forward to serving the community and working towards equity and justice.”
Kelly graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. Before attending Suffolk University Law School, she did a year of service through AmeriCorps. As a member of the College Advising Corps, Kelly served in a Rhode Island public high school, guiding first-generation students through the college application process. Kelly is passionate about social justice, especially in regards to education and civil rights. In her free time she illustrates, writes creatively, and reads comics. Kelly will be interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
“I am humbled to be selected as a Rappaport Fellow because it will give me the opportunity to explore and advocate for community-based approaches to public policy making.”
Mario graduated from Lehigh University in 2011 with a B.S. in Finance and Management and then earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education from Harvard in 2012. Prior to law school, Mario spent years working with various community based organizations, schools, and non-profits. Most recently, Mario served as the Administrator and Development Coordinator at Centro Presente, an immigrant rights non-profit in East Boston, MA, where he currently serves as a Board Member. Mario will spend his summer in Senator Will Brownsberger's office.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have been selected as a 2017 Rappaport Fellow and to become a part of the larger Rappaport Community. I look forward to gaining a greater understanding of state and local policy making organizations and how such organizations help to improve the lives of all citizens within the greater Boston and Massachusetts communities.”
Micah graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2011, he commissioned from the US Army’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. Micah served four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, before leaving the Army as a Captain to attend law school at Northeastern. During his 2014-2015 year-long tour to Kabul, Afghanistan, Micah served as the aide to the Brigadier General in charge of “Rule of Law” for NATO with the dual missions of preventing gross violations of human rights and countering high level corruption. Micah will be working in the office of Senator Michael Rush.
“I am honored and grateful to be joining the Rappaport Community. I look forward to this amazing opportunity to make a difference in my community and I’m excited to connect with those who share the same passion.”
Stephanie is a law student at UMass as well as the vice president and co-founder of Leading Ladies of Boston. Leading Ladies is committed to uplifting Boston’s at-risk youth by providing educational, emotional, and family support through hands on mentoring. Stephanie recognized the need to support young girls through her own personal experiences as a former student of Boston Public Schools and as a graduate of Boston University. She hopes to pursue a career advocating for Boston students and is excited to begin working at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a Rappaport Fellow.
“I am so excited to join the Rappaport Fellows program and eager to utilize our collective efforts to build a Commonwealth where all youth thrive–from the tip of Cape Cod to the tops of the Berkshires!”
Alexander Armand Ribeiro Nally is a recent graduate of MassArt where they earned a BFA in Interrelated Media. Alex served in various capacities at MassArt including Student Trustee and President of the Student Government Association where they increased the amount of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and developed an inclusive LGBTQ 101 curriculum. Alex is now Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, where they oversee the Safe Schools Initiative, and is a candidate for Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University School of Law. Alex will be interning at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
“I am grateful to the Rappaport Center for providing this opportunity to learn more about developing public policy, and I am greatly looking forward to learning from mentors and other fellows this summer.”
Hannah graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and Art History. She is enrolled in the dual degree J.D/Master’s in Social Work Program at Boston College. Prior to law school, Hannah worked at the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services to help create new initiatives and drug policies to address the Opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. While at Wesleyan, she worked for three years tutoring incarcerated men in the Center for Prison Education program. She is passionate about criminal justice and drug policy, and is looking forward to this summer where she will be working at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity as a Rappaport Fellow to explore meaningful public policies and advance social justice efforts in our Commonwealth.”
Andrew graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Philosophy. He worked as a case manager at a substance abuse clinic and is currently enrolled in the dual degree JD/Master’s of Social Work program at Boston College. Andrew is interested in legal issues impacting healthcare accessibility and the LGBT community. Andrew will be interning with Senator Jamie Eldridge.
“The Rappaport Fellowship brings together the ideal elements for a summer experience in the public sphere. I am honored to join such a diverse and talented group of individuals committed to serving others.”
Sherelle graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University in 2014 where she received a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Justice. Prior to law school, Sherelle spent two years in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as Executive Assistant to the Chief of District courts working on criminal cases and collaborative innovations in the criminal justice system such as the Homeless Court Program. She was an integral part in planning a Sequential Intercept Mapping in Suffolk County, identifying resources to help people with mental health and substance abuse issues avoid and reduce criminal involvement. This summer, she will be working at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
“I am honored to join the Rappaport community. The fellowship is an incredible opportunity for me to learn how the law shapes our education system.”
Kristen graduated from Boston College in 2012 with a B.A. in English and Sociology. Prior to law school, Kristen worked as a teacher and as an organizer in Boston, and she was a Teach for America Corps Member in Mississippi. Kristen will be interning this summer in the Boston Public Schools Office of Equity.