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Samantha Perlman


Samantha Perlman


Rappaport Center at Boston College Law School


Rappaport Law and 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
BC Law/Tufts
(Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning)

Undergraduate School
Emory University

Kate Cook, First Assistant Attorney General, AG’s Office

Patrick Moore, partner, Hemenway & Barnes; Rappaport Center Advisory Board member

Mayor Michelle Wu’s Office

Samantha Perlman is a 1L Public Service Scholar at Boston College Law School and dual JD/MA candidate in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program atTufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a BA in History and African American Studies. Focused on closing the civic engagement gap, Perlman worked as a FAO Schwarz Fellow at Generation Citizen, where Perlman helped secure passage of the 2018 Massachusetts civic education law. Most recently, she worked at Scholars Strategy Network, partnering with faculty on national democracy policy and youth voting efforts, as well as serving on the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition’s Advisory Board. In 2019, Perlman made history as the youngest woman and first Jewish woman ever elected to the Marlborough City Council, as well as the first new candidate to top the ticket in a Council race. Currently, in her second term, Perlman is also a proud graduate of Emerge Massachusetts, the Institute for Nonprofit Practice Community Fellows Program, and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship Fellowship. In 2020, she was named one of IGNITE National’s 30 under 30 for womxn to watch in politics. This summer, Perlman will be working in the Office of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.