Each semester, the Berry IOP invites prominent elected officials, journalists, activists, lawyers, policymakers, and other public servants to campus. As rising or seasoned professionals, Fellows share their knowledge, skills, and experiences with students who are exploring and pursuing careers in politics and public service. As current practitioners, Fellows support students building practical skills that will supplement what they are learning through academic courses.
Through one-time and ongoing engagement, Fellows serve as a resource and a mentor to students. During their visits, IOP Fellows will participate and lead both curricular and co-curricular programs. They will visit classes, host office hours, facilitate meals with students, and coordinate speaker/workshop events.
For the spring 2022 semester, we are honored to welcome our two inaugural Berry IOP Fellows, Mayor Kim Janey and Jennifer L. Levi, a legal advocate for trans issues.
Spring 2022 Fellows
Mayor Kim Janey
Kim Michelle Janey made history when she was sworn in as Boston’s first woman and first Black mayor, successfully leading the city through a multitude of unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 global pandemic. Prior to serving as mayor, Janey was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7 and in 2020 was elected by her peers to serve as President of the most diverse City Council in Boston’s history. Devoting her life to public service, Janey has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector guided by her values: the importance of education, the power of community organizing, and the fundamental principles of equity and justice.
Jennifer L. Levi is a lawyer, a professor, and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues who has dedicated their career to fighting for the rights of women; children; the poor; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) clients. Currently, Levi serves as the Director of the Transgender Rights Project for the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and as Professor of Law at Western New England University. Throughout their career, Levi has led legal fights for transgender equality across a range of contexts including in the areas of family law, education, health care, incarceration, military service, and beyond.