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Jessica Casey, a former research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, was named executive director of the Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation. Since leaving the Dukakis Center, Casey has been director of policy development and implementation at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, as well as associate director of the Project on Municipal Innovation Advisory Group at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and senior policy analyst at the Ministry of Community and Social Services in Ontario. Casey’s official term began in April of this year.


Nathan Peyton, MURP ’13, was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. While earning his degree in Urban and Regional Policy, Peyton was president of the student organization, NAPPS. After graduating, he went on to a position at the Barr Foundation, focusing in sustainable transportation, energy and buildings. Also before joining Pollack’s team, he was a Planning Board member for the town of Hull.


Pollack is also a professor of practice in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern and, before her state appointment, was a senior research associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Pollack was profiled by the Boston Globe, in a piece which focused on her work on the MBTA’s Green Line extension project—both as Secretary of Transportation and, years prior, as a “transit advocate.”


2015 MURP grad Stephen Donovan was honored by being named a 2015 Fellow of the Kuehn Charitable Foundation. Created by Robert H. Kuehn Jr., a Massachusetts developer of affordable and historic housing, this highly competitive fellowship is intended to support the preservation of communities through the development and preservation of affordable housing, historic buildings and open space.


Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, has just launched a new experiential philanthropy course modeled after the Northeastern Students4Giving program. As part of Swinburne’s Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy program, students will determine how to award $10,000 to selected nonprofit organizations. Rebecca Riccio, founding director of the Northeastern Social Impact Lab and academic advisor to the Learning by Giving Foundation, introduced the methodology to Swinburne faculty and its local philanthropic community during her visit as the Heloise Waislitz Fellow in Philanthropy in November 2014.


Timothy Hoff, associate professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy, was named a Visiting Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Green Templeton College. Green Templeton College is a graduate-only college focusing on issues related to human welfare, including health, management, medicine and social policy. Hoff will be visiting Oxford over the next several years to participate in seminars and workshops on healthcare and management topics relevant to the U.S. and U.K. healthcare systems. Hoff will also collaborate with Green Templeton researchers on studies related to the role of management in medicine.


Professor Timothy Hoff, along with colleagues Gary Young (D’Amore-McKim School of Business) and Kathleen Sutcliffe (Johns Hopkins University) have been awarded a book contract from Oxford University Press to create an edited volume focused on changes in the U.S. health professions workforce. Hoff and his co-editors expect the book to become a pre-eminent reference guide for scholars and policy makers interested in health workforce issues. It will be published in 2016.

Published On: September 14, 2015 |
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