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Setarreh Massihzadegan


Setarreh Massihzadegan


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
University of Massachusetts Boston

Undergraduate School
Assumption College

Ben Forman, Policy Director, MassINC, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member and former Rappaport Policy Fellow and Julie Miller, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab and former Rappaport Policy Fellow

Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston

Jessica Boatright, Deputy Director, Neighborhood Housing Development Division

Description of Fellowship
Setarreh worked with the Neighborhood Housing Development Division within the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development. Setarreh analyzed costs to operate supportive housing for older adults and created a descriptive analysis of findings with benchmarks to inform future DND underwriting policies. Setarreh provided input into the City’s annual Request for Proposals for housing development, and she authored guidance for DND development officers working through proposals with supportive housing developers. In her second project, Setarreh investigated creative approaches to finance affordable housing development and preservation with municipal funding sources.

Following research and interviews with housing leaders in cities nationally, Setarreh assembled findings and recommendations for DND.