It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end of my tenure as a research assistant at the Public Policy Center. For Trevor, Jason, and myself, the contract is up on June 30, and while there is some consolation in knowing that the three of us are leaving here with our MPPs and research skills honed over the last two (or in my case, three) years, it’s a tough position to give up. I know speak for all of us when I say that our experience here has been invaluable and that we are appreciative of the opportunities the assistantship has afforded us. But dwelling on the past makes me sad, and I know that there are bright futures ahead for all of us. In September, Trevor and Jason will be heading to UMass Boston to earn a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy, respectively.

As for myself, I will be staying local, very local actually, because on July 1, I will be starting as a Research Associate at the PPC. I’m excited to be able to stay on board here and contribute to the Center’s mission of informing evidence-based policy making and acting as a resource for the region that I’ve always called home. During the coming year, I will have an expanded role in our research, and I am excited to be able to devote myself full time; no more weekend nights tossing pizza dough on the side, or day-long POL 585 draft editing sessions. While I will help continue the PPC’s work in the cities of New Bedford and Fall River, I also look forward to cutting my teeth on our larger, regional research. Most importantly, I am grateful to be able to continue working with the extraordinary, supportive team here, and I look forward to being able to share my experience with the next cohort of graduate research assistants.