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Rappaport Fellow Alyce Gowdy Wright: A Calling Rekindled

AGM_Dinner_SMBy Jane Whitehead.  After congratulating his daughter on graduating from Wheaton College in May 1997, Alyce Gowdy Wright’s father asked, “So, when are you going to law school?”  “I was highly offended. In fact, I kind of told him off,” says Gowdy Wright. Sixteen years later, now age 38, she is a second year student at Boston College Law School. Continue reading

Rappaport Fellow Joe McCarthy: Policy for the People

McCarthy_SMBy Jane Whitehead.  In 2009, fresh out of college, Joe McCarthy ’15 wondered what direction to take. He briefly considered law enforcement and military service. Then he wrote up a résumé and walked into his congressman’s office. The congressman was then-Rep. (now Senator) Ed Markey; the office was in McCarthy’s hometown, Medford, Mass. McCarthy landed himself an internship that quickly led to a job, first as a congressional aide and then as district press secretary. Continue reading

Rappaport Fellow Sean Tierney: View From The Top

Sean Tierney_smBy Jane Whitehead.  Soon after he started his first professional job at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), Sean Tierney ’14 was invited to a small private dinner at the Charles Hotel’s Rialto Restaurant with the late Ted Sorensen, John F. Kennedy’s chief political advisor and speech-writer. Tierney, born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., recalls that his father stayed up late for a recap of the conversation, which ranged from the Cuban Missile Crisis to JFK’s favorite kind of jokes – dirty – and his preferred brand of beer – Heineken. Continue reading

Rappaport Fellow Bryant Gaspard: Explaining Obamacare to Massachusetts

2012 CLEO2 (2)By Jane Whitehead.  As the economy nosedived, May 2009 was a tough time to graduate. So when Bryant Gaspard’s senior year internship at the New York State Senate in Albany led to a job offer, the Criminal Justice and Political Science major put his ambitions to go to law school on hold for a couple of years. “I thought I’d get practical experience and some money in my savings account,” says Gaspard, 26, now a second-year law student at New England Law | Boston. Continue reading

Rappaport Fellow Cynthia Loesch: Giving Communities a Voice and a Vision

Loesch_Dinner_SMBy Jane Whitehead.  “I love working in a fast-paced environment,” says Cynthia Loesch, 28, now in her final year at Northeastern University School of Law. Loesch jumpstarted her career as a community organizer by founding the BOLD Teens, a youth-led social and environmental justice group in her Dorchester neighborhood, when she was just 13.

In 2009, Loesch was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “Leaders Under 30,” on the recommendation of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. She has won awards from the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the New England Patriots’ Charitable Foundation, and the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Continue reading

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