Six fellows. Six hosts. Twenty-four months in a job and program designed as a launching pad toward a career in affordable housing and community development.
The six 2015 Kuehn Fellows began work only a few weeks after completing graduate degrees which ranged from urban planning to business to public policy. Each of the six host organizations—all Boston-area nonprofits—committed to providing in-depth experience on projects and activities central to the organization’s mission in affordable housing and community development. Besides the usual workplace supervision structure for support, each Fellow was matched with a mentor, a professional in the community development field serving as an information resource, connector and career guide.
Throughout the year, the Fellows met formally at least once a month with more informal meeting, advice swapping and peer mentoring strongly encouraged. This year, five of the Fellows teamed up for some after-work proposal writing and won Honorable Mention in the Homefunders Innovation competition. Fellows Ginny Keesler, Jon Springfield, Becca Schofield and Dave Morgan are pictured below (absent Stephen Donovan) with MA Deputy Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay. More on Homefunders and the Innovation Prize here.