Who are our alumni?

Nicole Rodriguez, MPP'14

Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

"I believe that one of the best avenues towards improved policy is to take an intersectional lens in order to assess the differential impact of proposed and existing policies, programs and legislation on families of different incomes, genders, and racial and ethnic groups. For this, the Heller School prepared me well."

Erin Robinson, MPP'16

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow, Office of Senator Cory Booker

"Heller is truly a people-centered school. I knew that my professors were interested in my learning and development. The small size of the MPP program helped me get to know them and feel comfortable asking them for advice."

Lang Le, MPP'10

Social Science Research Analyst, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

"The Heller MPP program, with its nationally recognized faculty and staff, served as a public policy incubator for students such as myself to elevate critical thinking skills while harnessing collective student passion to advance societal benefits. For example, the Heller MPP coursework enabled me to extract information from large data sets and then succinctly integrate it with social policy analysis to advance transformative national health care programs."

Kaytie Dowcett, MPP'15

Executive Director, Waltham Partnership for Youth

"The Children, Youth, and Family concentration prepared me with knowledge of the most current trends in youth programming, the principles of Positive Youth Development, and examples of effective youth programming throughout the country. I use this knowledge daily to inform the development of new programs and initiatives."

Analissa Iversen, MBA/MPP'16

Consultant, ORS Impact

"The most important thing I took away from Heller was the way I approach my work. As someone passionate about social change, I bring a much stronger equity lens to every aspect of my work as a result of my time at Heller. I also feel more confident, more organized, and generally more impactful in my work processes."

Richard Sheward, MPP'13

Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships, Children's HealthWatch

"The Heller MPP program gave me the policy research and analysis tools needed in my role at Children's HealthWatch to help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children’s health and development. Gaining the knowledge of how advocacy and communications strategies frame policies and influence policy adoption has been invaluable to my work ensuring all children have equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives."

Brian Kennedy, MPP'16

Public Policy Fellow, North Carolina Justice Center

"Heller and the MPP program provided me with the basic technical skills needed to be a thoughtful and critical analyst. More importantly, it taught me how to be an effective communicator. The ability to translate data and research across mediums and audiences is an essential part of my work. I walked away from Heller, not only with the skills to be an effective analyst, but with a network of colleagues who I continue to lean on for expertise and advice."

Nicole Hudson, MPP'12

Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

"My MPP capstone allowed me the opportunity to study in-depth the high rates of avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents and provided invaluable background and experience for my current position. My capstone allowed me to enter my position with a strong knowledge base and understanding of different policy options which has been crucial to managing a complex demonstration project."

Sho Garland, MBA/MPP'15

Boston Community Programs Manager, Keshet

"I manage, support, and implement all of Keshet's community building work in Boston by creating and running programs for LGBTQ Jews. I also support Keshet's education and training work by building relationships and working with Boston-area Jewish institutions. Heller's MPP gave me a strong background in statistics and data analysis, which I use to evaluate the effectiveness of programs."

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MPP Alumni Connecting the Dots on Criminal Justice Reform

From policing to substance abuse to recidivism and re-entry, Heller MPP alumni, researchers and students are striving for change at every level of the criminal justice system. Read the article in Heller Magazine.