Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Partner Spotlight - MassINC


(via massinc.org) "MassINC achieves impact through nonpartisan research from [their] Policy Center and Polling Group, independent reporting of politics, ideas, and civic life from CommonWealth magazine, and inclusive civic engagement.

MassINC is distinguished by its rigorous research and journalism, extensive state-wide network, expertise in how state and local government works, and thoroughly collaborative approach. [They] have demonstrated a record of achievement in education, transportation, economic development and criminal justice policy."

Screenshot of Policy Brief for Gateway Cities

Highlighted MassINC Programs:

Gateway Cities Innovation Institute provides research, policy briefs, and polling for social and economic development of gateway cities, which will eventually strengthen connections within the communities, embolden local leadership and create positive outcomes for underserved communities. 

The MassINC Polling Group provides public opinion research tools to update the resources available to communities on the public, private and nonprofit sector.

Flyer for the Policy Brief for 12/1/20 Event

Working with a Segal Fellow:

In the summer of 2020, Research Director Ben Forman supervised and supported the internship of 2020 Heller/MPP Segal Fellow Zayna Basma. Zayna’s work centered on helping draft the policy brief; Going for Growth, Promoting Digital Equity in Massachusetts Gateway Cities This brief suggests how efforts can increase digital inclusion to yield large benefits for Gateway Cities, their residents, and similar cities.

On December 1, 2020, the Segal Program co-sponsored the release of MassINC's report, and hosted a panel discussion on how resources can be channeled in a targeted fashion to accelerate this work. Speakers included: Dr. Maria Madison, Associate Dean, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, and Director of the  Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School at Brandeis University (panel moderator); Zayna Basma, Segal Fellow and Heller MPP/MBA Candidate (report findings presenter); MA State Representative Andy Vargas, Third Essex (Haverhill); Dan Noyes, Co-CEO, Tech Goes Home; and Jacqulyn Gantzer, Director of Remote Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

In January 2021, Zayna continued with MassINC past her internship, joining the staff as a Research Associate for the MassINC Polling Group