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Ashley (Carlson) Dickerson

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Ashley (Carlson) Dickerson


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Harvard School of Public Health

Undergraduate School
Duke University

Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Office of Rep. Alice Wolf

Jesse Dixon, Legislative Aide

Description of Fellowship
While interning with Representative Wolf at the Massachusetts State House, Ashley analyzed and evaluated various pieces of education and public health legislation. She calculated a cost-benefit analysis on smaller class size and prepared outreach information about new early education and care regulations for early child care providers. In her time at the State House, Ashley had an opportunity to research and give input into the creation of a Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet as part of Governor Patrick’s Readiness Project in the state. The purpose of this cabinet is to bring together the departments of education and health and human services to design a more effective system that will meet all of the needs of children and their families. Ashley hopes to continue her work on the Cabinet at the State House this year.