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Neighborhood Fellows

Neighborhood Fellows at Tufts

The Neighborhood Fellows (NF) program recruits up to five experienced urban leaders each year to UEP's mid-career Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) program. Its objective is to increase enrollment among people of color who work in urban communities in Boston and surrounding cities on issues of urban community politics, economics, education, housing, and social life. Fellows receive a full-tuition waiver for the M.P.P. degree. Fellows must demonstrate deep experience and significant leadership in their work with urban communities.

To be considered for the Neighborhood Fellows program, applicants must first apply to and be admitted to the mid-career Master of Public Policy program

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2020 M.P.P. Neighborhood Fellows

Hajar Logan

Hajar Logan

Hajar Logan has more than two decades of experience as a chief officer and operations executive in several social enterprises, businesses and nonprofit organizations and as a business and organizational development consultant. In 2017, Ms. Logan became a community organizer at New England United for Justice, where she focused on real estate development and civic design that is transforming neighborhoods and displacing families. In 2019, Ms. Logan became the Climate and Transit-Oriented Development Director at Alternatives for Community and Environment, where she organized the local community to build programs that demand just impacts from neighborhood redesign and transit-oriented development.
Kimberly R. Lyle

Kimberly R. Lyle

Kimberly R. Lyle is the Director of Strategy and Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation. Kimberly previously worked in financial services, tech, and higher education. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Rutgers University, and she completed graduate coursework in social anthropology at Harvard University. A proud native of the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston, Kimberly has previously served on the board of the Roxbury Neighborhood Council. She serves on the boards of Cooperative Fund New England (CFNE) and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC). Her policy interests are at the intersections of race, social policy, housing, economic development. Kimberly is particularly interested in understanding policy opportunities for reparations to redress the harms done to African Americans by the United States.
Fidel Maltez

Fidel Maltez

Fidel Maltez is the Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Chelsea. Fidel has been with the City of Chelsea since 2017 and oversees all municipal construction as well as all public works related areas for Chelsea. Prior to Chelsea, Fidel spent 13 years with Cintas Corporation, 3 of which were spent in China as the Regional Engineering Manager. Fidel holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Lafayette College. Fidel is originally from Managua, Nicaragua. Fidel is married to Maria Belen Power, an MPP graduate and has two daughters, Maya (7) and Ana Victoria.
Paola Pelletier-Ozuna

Paola Pelletier-Ozuna

Paola Pelletier-Ozuna serves as the Cambridge Program Director at Enroot, where she supports and empowers 120 immigrant high school youth. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Paola moved to the United States over a decade ago. She earned a degree in 2013 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Latin American Studies. Upon graduation, Paola became a labor union organizer with UNITE HERE Local 26. Additionally, she worked as a paralegal at the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Paola gained experience in project management and fundraising in the nonprofit sector at Be The Change, Inc. and Artists For Humanity. Paola is interested in using policy to improve the lives of BIPOC and disenfranchised communities through the study of economic development, housing policy, and urban planning.
Lueteshia Raymond

Lueteshia Raymond

Lueteshia Raymond has over a decade of experience in public housing administration with the Boston Housing Authority. In her current role as Special Assistant, Lueteshia works to implement strategic initiatives and systematic tools to strengthen resident engagement and create opportunities for greater self-sufficiency. Lueteshia is a lifelong Boston resident and her interest lies in understanding the disparities in Boston communities and creating opportunities to enhance the quality of life and economic mobility of underserved families. Outside of work, Lueteshia is an avid traveler and enjoys experiencing diverse cultures. Lueteshia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Suffolk University and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law. Lueteshia is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.