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  Colleen Dawicki  Photo of Colleen

   Project Manager






Since August 2011, Colleen Dawicki has led the Urban Initiative as Project Manager. Colleen works with the Urban Initiative's many community partners to identify projects for which there is not only a high need, but also a high potential for significant positive impacts in the cities we serve. She also engages UMass Dartmouth students in the work of those projects to enhance their learning opportunities and maximize the Urban Initiative's output.

Before joining the Urban Initiative, Colleen worked in the nonprofit sector and as a researcher for a policy consulting firm. During graduate school, she was awarded a Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship and worked the City of New Bedford's Office of Housing and Community on neighborhood revitalization efforts. She currently serves as a National Dropout Prevention Center Research Fellow and a fellow with MassINC's Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. A New Bedford resident and South Coast native, she holds a B.A. in Public and Private Sector Organizations from Brown University and a Master's of Public Policy (MPP) from UMass Dartmouth.


Katya Starostina

  Graduate Research Assistant


Robert Golder

  Graduate Research Assistant

Michael P. McCarthy

  Undergraduate Research Assistant




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