Stephen Donovan is a graduate of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs where he earned his Master of Urban and Regional Policy. Most recently, he worked with Boston Community Capital, a national community development financial institution. Stephen’s passion for affordable housing and social justice stems from his experiences serving in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and his subsequent work with various community-oriented organizations. Stephen is honored to be named a Fellow and is thrilled to join Urban Edge and support their mission of building diverse, healthy, and sustainable neighborhoods.
Virginia (Ginny) Keesler is a graduating member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Master in Urban Planning class of 2015. Previously, she earned a B.A. in environmental studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Past work experiences have included interning in the Staten Island Office of the New York City Department of City Planning and for the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Ginny has greatly enjoyed her coursework in affordable housing and real estate at the GSD and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work as a Kuehn Fellow with The Community Builders. In her free time, Ginny enjoys running, biking, and hiking.
Dave Morgan is a recent graduate from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he earned an Master in Management of Aging Services degree. He is looking forward to utilizing his analytical skills along with his new knowledge to support initiatives that create affordable housing options and support services for older Americans during his fellowship with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton, MA. Dave has successfully managed two businesses in his career. According to Dave, “Success is the result of meticulous planning, spirited team development, and timely execution.” Dave also holds an MBA from Lehigh University and a BS degree from the University of Hartford. On the weekends, Dave can be found enjoying live music in interesting venues throughout New England.
Ricky Ochilo earned his dual Master in Public Policy and Business Administration in Nonprofit Management at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Ricky will be working as a Project Manager with Madison Park Development Corporation to support affordable housing and community preservation in Dudley Square. Ricky’s most recent engagements include performing economic research and analysis for Nuestra Communidad Development Corporation to further community and economic development initiatives and serving as a Research Analyst with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development where he designed a research agenda and pledge for businesses to promote accountability with the Council on the Underground Economy. Ricky also worked as a Research and Policy Analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to promote financial stability for low and moderate income population groups and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, MA as an Outreach Specialist.
Rebecca (Becca) Schofield graduated from Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Master’s program in May 2014. Since getting involved in the affordable housing and community development field during her time at Tufts, Rebecca has worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) on the National Housing team and at LISC’s local Boston office. Most recently, Rebecca was the Portfolio Associate at the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), a quasi-public organization that supports affordable housing, workforce development and childcare initiatives statewide. A lifelong Cambridge resident, Rebecca is looking forward to working at Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI) to support their mission providing safe, affordable, and sustainable housing in the city. She earned her BA in Earth and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in 2011 and a Certificate in Community Environmental Studies from Tufts University in 2012. In her free time, Rebecca is usually rowing, making pottery, or biking around the Boston area.
Jon Springfield is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning, where he concentrated in Housing and Neighborhood Development, who will be pursuing a fellowship at Preservation of Affordable Housing in Boston, MA. As a student, Jonâ€™s work in economic development was awarded the Holzheimer Scholarship, and both he and his classmates were recognized for their work in Chelsea, MA (Connect Chelsea: Three Visions for a Gateway City) with the national American Institute of Certified Planners student project award. Prior to graduate school, Jon worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Citizen Schools, an education non-profit, as a teacher and outreach coordinator. He also worked with a bicycle and pedestrian planning and design firm, which initially sparked an interest in urban planning and urban issues. Jon holds a BA from Davidson College in political science, has studied and lived in Ghana and Thailand, and enjoys playing music on front (and back) porches.