Announcing the Summer 2012 Community Service Fellows


Summer Fellows
The following students have been awarded funding for 10-week summer internships in nonprofit settings. Their work will be a direct application of the skills they have acquired through their training at the GSD.

Laura Welles Gilmore (MUP 2013)
City of Cambridge Community Development Department, Cambridge, MA
Laura will be working with the Transportation Division for Cambridge Community Development on sustainability efforts. She will work to strengthen the bike infrastructure in Cambridge, supporting the bike program and implementing the new bike sharing program.

Kseniya Benderskaya (MUP 2013)
City of Everett Department of Planning and Development, Everett, MA
Kseniya will be working for Everett’s Community Development Office in the earliest stages of a public-private partnership process. She will be working on  a Request for Proposal (RFP) framework for converting the old Everett High School site to housing and retail use, a flagship revitalization effort in Everett’s downtown.

Mara Katherine Smaby (MLA I 2013)
Growing Home, New Orleans, LA
Mara will be working with GSD alumnus Abigail Feldman in a unique nonprofit that has served over 1000 residents and built nearly 300 projects. The organization provides private design services contracted by the city of New Orleans. Mara will be working directly with low-income participants to help them implement projects.

Josh Westerhold (MUP 2013)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Green Development Center, Boston, MA
Josh will be  working at LISC, the country’s foremost non-profit community development organization, on public private partnerships. He will assist local and national LISC and/or community development corporation employees with topics related to green retrofits, green infrastructure, and sustainable community development.

Jonathan (Nathan) King (DDes 2013)
MASS Design Group, Boston, MA
Nathan will conduct research for the MASS Design Group on how digital design and fabrication technologies can be utilized to inform the design and construction for several health care projects in developing regions. The work will support ongoing project-based design build efforts in Haiti, Rwanda and Uganda.

Elizabeth MacWillie (MDesS/MAUD 2014)
Newark Department of Economic and Housing Development, Newark, NJ
Elizabeth will be helping to implement the Newark River Public Access and Redevelopment Plan, a master plan for the redevelopment of the Passaic River waterfront.

Tessa Perry (MUP 2013)
Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville, MA
Tessa’s primary focus will be researching other states with active affordable housing industries to find models that could be used in Massachusetts, including transit-oriented development (TOD) loan funds.

Cassandra Bosco (MLA II 2013)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Boston, MA
Cassandra will be spending the summer working for the US Environmental Protection Agency Region I in the Brownfields Program. She will be mapping where brownfields exist across the U.S., comparing rural sites to urban ones.

Holly Masek (MUP 2013)
Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston, MA
Holly will be working at the BRA to assist with neighborhood workshops & planning, zoning, and land use regulation initiatives. Some of the neighborhood planning projects include the Municipal Harbor Planning Process, the Downtown Cross Economic Improvement Initiative and the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan implementation.

Edward (Mike) Healy (MUP 2013)
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), Chicago, IL
Mike’s primary focus at CNT will be analyzing abandoned industrial tracts on Chicago’s far south-and-west sides.


The Harvard Club of New York provided funding for one community service fellow:

Melissa Alexander (MAUD 2013)
The Design Trust for Public Space, New York, NY
This summer The Design Trust  will be completing Making Midtown, a project with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to guide future planning and development in Manhattan’s

Garment District; and Five Borough Farm, a project with the Brooklyn-based urban farming organization Added Value, to strengthen and expand urban agricultural activity citywide.

Melissa Alexander will work primarily with the Director of Programs, Jerome Chou (MUP 2000; MLA 2008). She will attend site visits and project meetings, both internally and with project partners and other stakeholders.

This fellowship will be expose Melissa to many aspects of urbanism – including architecture and landscape architecture, urban planning and design, policy, branding, large-scale infrastructure, and small-scale temporary interventions.

International Travel Fellows
We are pleased to announce that the following GSD students have been awarded funds
to travel overseas to perform community service. They are:

Adriana Chavez (MArch II 2013) Oscar Malaspina (MAUD 2013) &Einat Rosenkrantz Amon (MAUD 2013) will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to work with Design for Disasters.

Sophia Lalani (MDesS 2013) has been selected for a summer internship working for the US Department of State – US Embassy Nairobi, Kenya.

Sumona Chakravarty (MDesS 2013) will be working with ToroLab in Tijuana, Mexico.

Tianyi Yang (MUP 2013) will be working with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Alykhan Mohamed (MUP 2013) will be working with Solo Kota Kitain Solo, Indonesia.

Charlotte Lipschitz (MArch I 2015) will be traveling to Zambia  to work with Scale Africa.

Josh Margul (MUP 2013), on a team of GSD faculty and students, will be working with government officials and community members on a design/form-based project stemming from a new land use policy for tsunami-inundated land in Minamisanriku in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan.