Three New Mass. Mayors Getting A Hand From Harvard Students

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BOSTON (State House News Service) — Three new Massachusetts mayors will get a boost from Harvard Kennedy School students as they work to get their agendas off the ground. The Kennedy School's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, through its annual Transition Term program, embeds students for three weeks in the offices of newly-elected mayors, county executives and governors to help accelerate projects involving the administrations' priorities.

The 13 administrations -- which will each host three students full-time in January during the program -- participating this year include Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Lawrence Mayor Brian DePeña and Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, along with officials from Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Connecticut and Kansas.

In the past, according to the Kennedy School, Transition Term students have explored ways to improve rural broadband efforts, helped with COVID-19 vaccine distribution and procurement plans and helped with research and recommendations on workforce development, environmental and transportation policy.

"Transition Term provides students with critical on-the-ground experience working with new mayors, county executives, and governors at a time when these administrations are most in need of extra capacity," professor and Taubman Center director Jeffrey Liebman said in a statement. "We are excited to announce the largest and most diverse cohort of mayors and students yet and look forward to seeing the real-world impact of this program in the weeks to come."

Written by Katie Lannan, State House News Service

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