Stephen Donovan, a first year Master of Urban and Regional Policy student, was awarded the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership’s (MBHP) second annual Lowell Richards Fellowship. According to MBHP, the fellowship is designed to encourage young leaders to pursue a career in public service, specifically in urban development and issues related to affordable housing.
Stephen was selected, in part, for his demonstrated commitment to urban economic development and housing issues. He is currently a portfolio analyst at Boston Community Capital and spent his time prior to this serving as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member and team leader. While in AmeriCorps he had the opportunity to help rehabilitate New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, among other distressed communities.
“My personal goal is to better understand how things get done,” said Donovan. “I hope to develop a solid understanding of the economic planning process in order to become a more effective professional and an asset to the communities I work with throughout my career.”
This summer the Lowell Richards Fellowship will be hosted by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), specifically the agency’s Economic Planning and and Development department. Massport hosted the first annual fellowship last summer.
“Massport welcomes the opportunity to engage with students of public policy who want to know how urban revitalization can make a meaningful difference in the quality of life for individuals and communities,” said Massport Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. Glynn.
The fellowship was established in 2013 in memory of Lowell Richards, founding member and longtime co-chair of the MBHP Board of Directors, and in honor of Lowell’s 29 year dedication to the organization.