Co-Op and Work-Study Student employees

Joan Fitzgerald

Interim Dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Director, Law and Public Policy Program
Director, Urban Studies Undergraduate Minor
Senior Research Fellow, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Joan Fitzgerald is professor and interim dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. Emerald Cities builds on her 2002 book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb,(Sage) which identifies strategies for incorporating sustainability and social justice goals into urban economic development planning. Her 2006 book, Moving Up in the New Economy, (Cornell Univ. Press) focuses on how to build career ladders for low-income workers.

Fitzgerald has published in academic journals such as Economic Development Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Urban Affairs and the political journal, The American Prospect. Her academic and consulting work has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller, Surdna, Century, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. She has also conducted research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Boston Housing Authority and other government agencies. She is currently conducting research on eco-districts and their contribution to urban climate change planning.

Phone: (617) 373-3644 | Email: |
Download CV | Follow on Twitter @fitzgerald_joan

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Barry Bluestone

Founding Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy

Barry Bluestone is the founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the founding dean of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Before assuming these posts, Bluestone spent twelve years at the University of Massachusetts at Boston as the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Political Economy and as a Senior Fellow at the University’s John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs. He was the Founding Director of UMass Boston’s Ph.D. Program in Public Policy. Before coming to UMass in the Fall of 1986, he taught economics at Boston College for fifteen years and was Director of the University’s Social Welfare Research Institute. Professor Bluestone was raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.A., M.A. and finally his Ph.D. in economics in 1974.

At the Dukakis Center, Bluestone has led research projects on housing, local economic development, state and local public finance, and the manufacturing sector in Massachusetts. At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, he has co-chaired the Open Classroom series, a graduate seminar on critical social issues open free to the public each semester. He was also part of the team that developed the school’s Master’s Program in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP).

As a political economist, Bluestone has written widely in the areas of income distribution, business and industrial policy, labor-management relations, higher education finance, and urban and regional economic development. He contributes regularly to academic, as well as popular journals, and is the author of eleven books. In 1982, he published The Deindustrialization of America (co-authored with the late Bennett Harrison) which analyzed the restructuring of American industry and its economic and social impact on workers and communities. A sequel published in 1988, The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America, also co-authored with Harrison, investigated how economic policies have contributed to growing inequality. In earlier books, Bluestone investigated the low-wage labor market, the aircraft industry, and the revolution in the retail trade sector. In 1992, Negotiating the Future: A Labor Perspective on American Business was published. Co-authored with his father, Irving Bluestone, the book traces the history of labor-management relations since World War II and offers the concept of the “Enterprise Compact” as an approach to industrial relations which can boost productivity, improve product quality and innovation, and enhance employment security. Korean, Spanish, and Japanese editions of this book have been published.

In 2000, Bluestone published two new books. The first of these, co-authored again with Harrison and titled Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century, investigates the prospects for faster economic growth in the U.S. It was published by Houghton Mifflin and the Twentieth Century Fund. The second, The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis, co-authored with Mary Huff Stevenson and published by the Russell Sage Foundation, was the culmination of nearly five years of research on the new Boston economy. It recounts the industrial and demographic revolution in post-World War II Boston and its impact on racial and ethnic attitudes, residential segregation, and the labor market success of whites, blacks, and Latinos.

Bluestone’s latest book published in 2008 and co-authored with Mary Huff Stevenson and Russell Williams is a major textbook entitled The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy. This work, rich in theory and applied policy, was written for an interdisciplinary audience and can be used at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

As part of his work, Bluestone spends a considerable amount of time consulting with trade unions, with industry groups, and with various federal and state government agencies. He was Executive Adviser to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Mature Industries in Massachusetts and has worked with the economic development departments of various states. He has testified before Congressional committees and lectures regularly before university, labor, community, and business groups.  He appears frequently on local and national radio.  Bluestone is also a founding member of the Economic Policy Institute, along with Robert Reich, Lester Thurow, Robert Kuttner, Ray Marshall, and Jeff Faux. In 2006, he served on the transition team for Governor Deval Patrick.

He currently serves as a member of the advisory council to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development as well as the Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance.  He served on the Governor’s Economic Development Strategy Council and is now an executive board member of the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative.  From 2007-2010, he served as a member of the Community Affairs Research Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.   He is a past board member of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) and currently as a board member of the Lyric Stage of Boston.

In his spare time, when he was younger, he used to compete in team triathlons as a bicycle racer — fortunately with a team otherwise comprised of orthopedic surgeons and an internist. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Mary Ellen Colten. Their son Joshua is an undergraduate at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Phone: (617) 373-7870 | Email: | Follow on Twitter @barrybluestone

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Chris Bosso

Professor of Public Policy

A professor of public policy, Bosso writes on the societal impacts of science and technology, environmental and food safety politics, the tactics and strategies pursued by environmental groups, and on public policymaking in general. His most recent major scholarly work is Environment, Inc.: From Grassroots to Beltway (University Press of Kansas, 2005), co-winner of the 2006 Lynton Caldwell Award for best book in environmental politics and public policy by the American Political Science Association.

Bosso is also Principal Investigator on a four year National Science Foundation funded Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Research Team project, “Nanotechnology in the Public Interest,” a senior researcher with the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern, and director of the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group which examines the governance challenges posed to local, state, and federal governments by nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.

Phone: (617) 373-4398 | Email:

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Heather Seligman Trayner

Associate Director, Administration and Finance
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Heather began her tenure at the Dukakis Center in the fall of 2000. As our Associate Director of Administration and Finance, she is currently fiscally responsible for all grant, university supported, and gift funds, totaling over $2.5 million annually. Additionally, she is in charge of the Dukakis Center operations, responsible for human resources, project management, and payroll systems. She works closely with the Barry Bluestone on strategic planning and development for the Center. She also assists with marketing, communication, and development initiatives.

Heather also serves as the budget manager for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Similar to her role for the Dukakis Center, she functions in the same capacity, managing operations and projects for the School. In May 2008, Heather completed her Masters in Business Administration. During the course of her academic experience, she discovered her interests lie in entrepreneurship, management, and planning.

Heather currently lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, John, and golden retriever, Vienna.

Phone: (617) 373-3645 | Email:

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Terry Dolan

Executive Assistant, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Terry Dolan is the Executive Assistant for the Dukakis Center. 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 Dopkins

Director of Academic Programs
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Senior Research Associate, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Laurie Dopkins provides management and coordination for academic programs within the Policy School, particularly the new Master’s in Urban and Regional Policy. She also serves as a Senior Associate in the Dukakis Center, leading projects related to non-profit capacity building, outcomes measurement and evaluation. Laurie is conducting a university-wide inventory of all community-partnerships and programs on behalf of the Stony Brook Initiative.

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.

Phone: (617) 373-2889 | Email:

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Lori Gardinier

Director, Human Services Program
Associate Academic Specialist

Lori Gardinier, MSW, PhD, is the Director of Human Services at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she was also the founder and director of the Campus Center on Violence Against Women (now VISION) with funding from the Department of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a PhD from Northeastern University. She has practiced in the area of antipoverty/ social justice work in community-based settings and as a counselor in organizations addressing intimate partner violence. In her role at Northeastern she is a leader in experiential education practice in both local and global settings.  Her outstanding commitment to high quality experiential education was recognized with the Northeastern Presidential Aspiration Award (2004) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (2011).  She has developed partnerships will many of Boston’s nonprofit organizations through her own practice and her continued implementation of service-learning partnerships.  Dr. Gardinier has also established project-based service-learning capacity building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India and Mexico.   In this role she and her students collaborate with local leaders to identify creative solutions to organizational challenges.  Her research spans social movement studies, sexual violence and best practice in experiential education.

Phone: (617) 373-5918 | Email:

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Francisco Torres

Internship Coordinator


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Michael E. Lake

Executive Director, World Class Cities Partnership
Senior Associate, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

As Executive Director of the World Class Cities Partnership within the Policy School, 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 service to two United States Presidents as Special Assistant for White House Operations as well as serving the former Prime Minister of Ireland as a policy research analyst. Most recently he served 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), the 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, and as an Alumni Mentor.

Phone: (617) 373-7872 | Email:

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Stephanie Pollack

Associate Director of Research, Dukakis Center
Professor of Practice, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs

Stephanie Pollack is Associate Director of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, overseeing the Center’s research agenda as well as conducting her own research projects in the areas of transportation policy, transit-oriented development, sustainability and equitable development. Pollack is also on the core faculty for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, teaching courses to graduate students in the Law and Public Policy program and teaching and supervising internships for the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program. Her courses include Strategizing Public Policy, Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning, Housing Policy and Transportation Policy.

Pollack is active in public policy issues affecting transportation, sustainable development and the environment in Massachusetts. She co-chaired Governor Deval Patrick’s 2006 transition working group on transportation and served on Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Climate Action Leadership Committee in 2009-2010. She currently serves on the boards of Boston Society of Architects, Charles River Watershed Association, Health Resources in Action and MoveMass.

Before coming to Northeastern in 2004, Pollack was a senior executive and attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental advocacy organization. During her two-decade career at CLF, Pollack worked on issues including transportation and transit policy, smart growth and sustainable development and childhood lead poisoning. From 2004 through 2010 she was also a partner in the strategic environmental consulting firm BlueWave Strategies LLC, where she advised clients on smart growth, transit-oriented development and other “green” real estate projects.

Pollack received both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Phone: (617) 373-8341 | Email:

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Rebecca Riccio photoRebecca Riccio

Program Director, Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G)

Rebecca Riccio is the founding Program Director of Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), an academic and practice-oriented program designed to foster leadership and innovation in the nonprofit sector and philanthropy and promote a campus-wide culture of giving through multiple courses, a student club, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations and philanthropists in Boston. In addition to teaching at Northeastern University since 2007, Rebecca has spent twenty years working in the nonprofit sector as a program director, development director, and consultant.

In 2006, she established a consulting practice focused on maximizing the impact and performance of local, national, and international nonprofit organizations and philanthropists in the fields of health and human services, education, human rights, arts and culture, and community development. Rebecca is also a lecturer in social justice philanthropy at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University.

Phone: (617) 373-4020| Email:

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Dan SpiessDan Spiess

Senior Associate, World Class Cities Partnership
Research Associate, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Lecturer, School of Public Policy  & Urban Affairs

Dan received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His doctoral dissertation focused on political decision making in planning, public participation, and community-based organizations with additional research interests in economic and community development, environmental planning, and environmental justice.

Prior to his doctorate, Dan worked on the brownfields program at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and was a planner at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also worked on a variety of social, public health, and environmental extracurricular projects including the Environmental Justice Initiative (under the direction of Dr. Bunyan Bryant) at the University of Michigan.

Phone: (617) 373-7103 | Email:

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Natalia Stone

Program Coordinator, Human Services Program

Natalia has been with the Program for over 10 years and has a deep knowledge of the institution. Before coming to the Human Services Program, Natalia worked in the non-profit sector in an enrichment program for youth. She herself is an alumnus graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in History.

This background gives her a special ability to understand student needs and the university. She works with the program on a myriad of tasks including scheduling and outreach, and has a rich knowledge of the Program, curriculum, and the University. Many times she is the students’ first contact and because Natalia has a vast knowledge of the program she is a great resource to students.

Phone: (617) 373-2624 | Email:

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Nancy Tavares

Co-op Faculty Coordinator
Department of Cooperative Education: Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Co-op Website

Phone: (617)-373-3379| Email:

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Brian J. Glenn

Research Fellow, Project on Insurance in America

Brian J. Glenn is working on the Insurance in America project, and is also a Research Fellow at the Insurance Law Center, University of Connecticut School of Law. Prof. Glenn teaches in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University.

After working at a mutual insurance company in Connecticut, Brian did his graduate work on the role of insurance in helping Americans protect themselves and others in time of need. He has published work on insurance and mutual assistance in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, the Risk & Insurance Management Review (which earned the 2003 Advanta Center Award), Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, Rationality & Society, Law & Social Inquiry, and the Law & Society review (which earned the 2001 Law & Society Association award for the best paper written by a graduate student and the 2001 New England Political Science Association Robert Wood prize), among others. His book Conservatism and American Political Development (co-edited with Steve Teles), was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

Brian has served as the Public Policy organized section head of the New England Political Science Association, has chaired a short course on studying public opinion before public opinion polling at the America Political Science Association’s annual conference, and is an active member of the Insurance & Society Reading Group. His course, “Development of the American Welfare State” was named one of six “hot courses” every student should take by the Emerson College student newspaper, before he moved to Wesleyan.

Brian received his doctorate in Politics from Oxford University in 2005.

Phone: (617) 780-0669| Email:

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Jay Kaufman

Director, Center for Leadership and Public Life

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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Co-Op and Work-study Student Employees

Kathleen Cancio

Office and Research Assistant (Work Study)
Political Science, Class of 2014

Kathleen is currently a third year Political Science major at Northeastern University. As a transfer from Drexel University, Kathleen finds the coop program extremely attractive and will be participating in her first coop cycle in Spring 2012. Prospective career opportunities and interests include community service and non-profit work, especially in the realm of political and social activism.

Kathleen is an American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Scholar Alumnus, and has spent months in Ohio working on a campaign to repeal Senate Bill 5, a law that strips unions of their basic collective bargaining rights. She has traveled from her campaign site to Washington D.C., Atlanta and Boston to participate in conferences and discussions about the attacks on unions and the growing need to protect workers’ rights and jobs in a fragile economic environment.

Currently, Kathleen is interning at the Shalupe Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping war refugees from the Congo establish better lives here in Boston, MA. Kathleen is also involved with the Progressive Student Alliance club on campus and strives to build relationships with janitors, food servicers, and other campus workers in an attempt to understand and defend their need for living wages. As of recently, Kathleen has also been heavily interested and involved in the Occupy movements erupting all over the country. She has “occupied” Boston, Wallstreet, and her hometown in Nyack, NY in what she believes is a remarkable movement emulating and the freedoms of democracy, free speech, and the right to peaceably assemble.

Phone: (617) 373-8900 | Email:

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Kim Catubig

Office and Research Assistant (Work Study)
Finance and Accounting, Class of 2013

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.

Phone: (617) 373-8900 | Email:

Melissa Davis ’15

Office and Research Assistant (Work Study)
Cultural Anthropology, Class of 2015

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 is in her major. Melissa plans to double major in International Business and eventually attend graduate school.

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

Phone: (617) 373-8900 | Email:

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Cassie Taylor ’13

Marketing Co-op
Journalism, Class of 2013

Cassie is from Barnstable, Massachusetts and is a senior studying journalism at Northeastern University. For her first co-op, she worked at Follett  Software as a technical writer for the company’s student information system software. She is currently on her second and final co-op.

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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Stanislas Phanord ’14

Marketing Assistant and Videographer
Political Science, Class of 2014

He was originally born in Haiti and moved to the U.S. when he was three years old. He was raised in Massachusetts for most of his life. He was later accepted to 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.

He is now studying Political Science at Northeastern with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. His role at the Policy School is to videotape the Open Classroom Graduate Seminar, as well as assist with website editing. Stan is currently working at his first co-op in the Executive Office of Consumer Affairs.

His ultimate goal is to eventually work with adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds and inspire them to find success through a college education. He is, himself, an independent student and has experienced some challenges in the past three years that he has been one. It is for this reason that he has a broader understanding of disadvantaged youth.

Phone: (617) 735-5711 | Email:

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