"I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and honored to be joining the Rappaport community. I look forward to exploring public policy and community advocacy within Massachusetts with such an outstanding group of individuals."
Michael graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2016 with a B.A. in English and an Environmental Studies Concentration. Prior to law school, he worked at the Kalamazoo Nature Center - a nationally recognized leader in its field - on recovery efforts for threatened and endangered butterfly species among other environmental initiatives and projects. He has helped establish a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, coordinated citizen science projects, organized local grass-roots efforts surrounding social justice issues, and been a lifelong advocate for the environment. He is interested in the intersection of environmental law and public policy. He will be interning in the office of State Senator Patricia Jehlen.
"I'm ecstatic to join the Rappaport community and contribute to a robust and multi-disciplinary conversation on important public policy issues facing Boston, Massachusetts, and the nation."
Sam graduated summa cum laude from Furman University in 2014. He is fascinated by issues concerning the sustainable and equitable development of modern American cities, especially transit, land use, and housing. Prior to law school, Sam spent three years working at a Fortune 500 financial services company. This summer, he will work in the legal department at MassDOT/MBTA.
Harvard Law School (1L)
“It’s an incredible honor to be a 2018 Rappaport Fellow. I’m grateful to have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from attorneys and policymakers who are dedicated to building a better Commonwealth.”
Garrett is a 2015 graduate of Bowdoin College, where he majored in English and was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Prior to law school, Garrett served as legislative director to Massachusetts State Senator Eileen Donoghue, focusing on issues including student debt, addiction treatment, consumer protection, and climate change. He is excited to spend the summer interning in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Energy and Telecommunications Division.
“The Rappaport Fellowship offers an incredible opportunity to engage with a diverse group of passionate individuals as we explore issues of law and public policy. I am excited and truly honored to be a 2018 fellow.”
Robyn graduated with Honors from American University in 2013 with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Political Science. Prior to law school, Robyn was Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty. Her passion for public service evolved as she worked closely on a wide array of legislative matters, from housing and public safety to transportation and the environment. Born and raised in Boston, Robyn is committed to impacting positive change in her community. This summer, she will be interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in the Consumer Protection Division.
“Becoming a Rappaport Fellow means deepening my commitment to a brighter future for all children while learning more about the Commonwealth and how I can enhance its potential. I am delighted to join a cadre of dedicated advocates and policymakers through a program that so strongly values lifelong careers filled with meaning and impact.”
An advocate for access to high-quality public education since 2004, Lauren Koster came to Boston College Law School as a Public Service Scholar with a deep passion for advancing education policy. At BC Law, Lauren has expanded her focus to include issues of child welfare, special education services, mental health, delinquency, and the rights of incarcerated juveniles. Prior to law school, Lauren taught fourth grade for Teach For America and worked in education advocacy, policy, and organizing in New Haven, Connecticut. Lauren is a 2012 graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in political science. Lauren will be interning at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education this summer.
“As a law student with a specific niche in public policy, health, and housing, I am deeply humbled and full of gratitude to be a Rappaport Fellow. I look forward to exploring health policy via the legal field with the Health Policy Commission.”
Anna Madrishin graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability. While at Ohio State, Anna was Co-President of a student-lead nonprofit, Nourish International. This organization, with a mission to alleviate poverty in sustainable ways, was the first outlet that inspired Anna to pursue law
school. Before attending New England Law | Boston, Anna worked for Highmark Health to integrate the Community Affairs departments of Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Anna’s passion for the intersection of health and the environment will be highlighted while she spends her summer with the Health Policy Commission.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to benefit from the prestigious status of being a Rappaport Fellow. I am so grateful to be joining this robust network of ambitious and well-intentioned individuals. This formative opportunity will give me insight on issues of innovation and equity in Massachusetts, which will ultimately help me understand more precisely how I am most equipped to give back.”
Siri Nelson graduated summa cum laude from the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, with a B.A. in Liberal Arts focused on the Social Sciences. Before attending Northeastern University School of Law, where she is now a rising 3L, Siri was an active member of Black Youth Project 100 and worked as a Staff Assistant to the Director of Information Systems at the College of New Rochelle. Since then, Siri has been curious about how systems design and data processing innovations work within institutions to shape our individual experiences, particularly for marginalized people. Siri spent last fall as the Internet Public Interest Opportunities Program Law Clerk at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). At EPIC, Siri was able to deepen her interest in technology, social justice, and the law, by authoring EPIC’s webpage and letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee which applied privacy principles to the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals guidance; reviewing artificial intelligence principles; and assisting in research for EPIC’s amicus brief for Byrd v. United States. Siri will be interning in the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS).
“I am honored to have been chosen as a Rappaport Fellow, and excited to be joining a cohort of outstanding colleagues in pursuit of the public interest.”
Dan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in History and earned his M.A. in Teaching Social Studies from Duke University. He then taught high school history for seventeen years in Los Angeles Unified School District and Boston Public Schools. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at Boston University School of Law and will be interning this summer at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in the Administrative Law Division.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be joining the Rappaport community and look forward to exploring public policy with Fellows who share similar passions and goals of serving the Commonwealth.”
Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from Saint Anselm College in 2016 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Politics. She currently serves as a Medical Service Officer and Platoon Leader in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Prior to law school, Jenny interned with Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, where she became passionate about veterans affairs and policy-making. Jenny hopes to someday provide in-house legal counsel to a state agency. She will be interning at the Office of Legal Advisor at Boston Public Schools.
“I am so thrilled to be selected as a Rappaport Fellow. I am eager to engage with and learn from policymakers, attorneys, and my cohort to make an impact on our community.”
Cloe graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement. In college, Cloe found her passion for local politics and public engagement through moderating political deliberations with fellow students and community members. She hopes to use her law degree to serve the Boston community by solving complex problems through collaboration. Cloe is excited to start this work at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services this summer.
“I am honored and thrilled to be given the opportunity to spend my summer as a Rappaport Fellow and to delve into the inner workings of public policy. I look forward to working with policymakers and others in the Rappaport program on creative approaches aimed at improving the community and advocating for those in need.”
Kayla is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. She is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. Kayla spent last summer fighting on behalf of consumers at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She learned the importance of policy driven legislation as a tool to fight for the rights of others and is hoping to spend her legal career in the political sector. Kayla serves as the President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and devotes her efforts to end the needless suffering of animals. She has hosted many speaking events, pet food drives, and educational campaigns to help others understand the plight of animals. Kayla is excited to be spending her summer working in the office of State Senator Mark Montigny.
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Rappaport community and look forward to spending the summer engaging with state and local policy initiatives, both through my own work and as I learn from and alongside the other Fellows.”
Meg Ziegler graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a major in Secondary English Education and a minor in Special Education as well as her teaching license. While in Vermont, Meg contributed to research on person-centered planning as a tool to promoting cultural reciprocity between educators and families from diverse backgrounds with children with disabilities. After graduating, Meg received a Fulbright grant to spend a year teaching English in Thailand. The following year, she worked for the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile, driving up and down Vermont reading books and promoting early childhood literacy and community engagement. Meg is pursuing a dual J.D./M.Ed. at Boston College in Law and Education Leadership and hopes to pursue a career working in education policy. She will be spending her summer doing just that at the EdLaw Project.