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Pedro Gonzalez


Pedro Gonzalez


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Finance Fellow



This Rappaport Public Finance Summer Fellowship provides a stipend to students who undertake a project related to public finance. Traditionally these projects have been a continuation of work conducted in Greater Boston Applied Field Lab: Advanced Budgeting, Financial Management and Operations lab offered by Professor Linda Bilmes.

Graduate School
Harvard Kennedy School

Victoria Orozco, Research Officer, The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and David Friedman, Special Counsel, The Boston Red Sox and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

City of Brockton, City Hall

Kerry Richards, Chief of Staff and Danielle Littman, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Associate

Description of Fellowship
Pedro worked with the city hall of Brockton, where he focused on community engagement and communication strategies that will help the city implement the local policies related to pedestrian safety more effectively. He conducted a landscape analysis of different community engagement strategies across public and nonprofit actors to create a benchmark of strategies and frameworks that will allow Brockton to improve their pedestrian safety.

Predo had the chance to meet with Brocktonians that shared their experiences with him and their hopes to have a place where their children can walk safely. Through this project he highlighted innovative and effective strategies such as walk audits, the Street Ambassador program, quick surveys and pilots that have in the long term a better outcome than the traditional community meetings and surveys that the city is currently doing.