Urban and Regional Policy, MS
Graduated in 2014
Adam Katz is an entrepreneur at heart. Growing up, his father had always owned businesses and instilled a passion for entrepreneurship in his son. Adam started his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University as an economics and business major, with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and management. After two years, he transferred to UMass Amherst and earned his undergraduate degree. His interest in economics informed his desire to do economic development work; he believes combining economics with policy is the best way to improve the quality of life for as many people as possible. So, Adam returned to NU for his Master’s of Science degree in Urban and Regional Policy with a concentration in Economic Development.
A big reason Adam chose NU was because he wanted to learn from former Mass. governor and political science Professor Michael Dukakis—one of his greatest inspirations in policy and leadership.
Adam took “Urban Politics & Government'' with former Professor Ann Braga, who managed Boston’s city council. It was valuable to learn about government management from someone actively doing the work.
Adam had an internship with United for a Fair Economy, a Boston-based non-profit fighting for economic justice through policy change. There, he created content for their site and managed other interns.
Adam always aspired to improve the quality of life in cities. In his second-year, he interned with Downtown Boston BID providing programs and services in downtown Boston to revitalize vacant storefronts.
Adam found a mentor in D’Amore McKim entrepreneurship Professor John Friar and worked as his research assistant—the lessons about business Adam learned from Friar have stuck with him.
Adam was a research assistant at the Dukakis Center in his third year and after graduation. He examined town leaders’ policies, offering tailored advice to attract businesses and improve quality of life.
Adam currently works for Teach Coalition, a Orthodox Union project, working with nonpublic schools to advocate for quality, affordable education, and helping them get funding from government programs.
The professors here are amazing, and they want to help. Northeastern is not a school where the professors just teach their class and then leave and are not available to you. They’re not just there to grade your papers. They say, ‘Come see me. Let me help you learn. I want to be there for you and want you to take advantage of that so you can get the most out of your education.’
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Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...