RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Greenways + Policy Analyst

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow/Greenways + Policy Analyst

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Cross-programmatic position - Transit, Vision Zero, Emerald Network, Great Neighborhoods, Go Boston 2030

REPORTS TO: Ambar Johnson, Program Director and Catherine Gleason, Public Policy Manager

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Metro Boston Region, Massachusetts / Hybrid work environment


Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


For 16 years LivableStreets has been transforming Metro Boston’s streets by advocating for innovative and equitable transportation solutions that are safe, affordable and enjoyable – making our community more connected and livable for everyone via transit, housing, and greenways. LivableStreets is on a committed path to becoming an anti-racist organization, and we are seeking an individual who will uphold these values and embed anti-racism at the heart of their work.

LivableStreets seeks a dynamic connector of ideas to advance work for LivableStreets programs, including our Emerald Network, Great Neighborhoods, Vision Zero, Go Boston 2030, and Transit advocacy initiatives.

LivableStreets has a small, yet growing, number of staff who emphasize a work environment based on collaboration and shared values. We strive for clear communication, accountability, and collective decision making. We have a casual workplace dynamic and aim to value staff wellness and making time for connection, particularly during these virtual times through culture building and activities, half-day Fridays year round,  exploring metro Boston by bike, transit, and walking, and comfort-based COVID-19 policies.


In partnership with the Program Director and Public Policy Manager, the fellow will be responsible for moving forward LivableStreets’ greenways and policy accountability work through project research, progress tracking, and report and content development. They will build relationships with partners and policymakers,  hold municipalities accountable to their action plans,  and create maps and other visualization tools to deepen research and knowledge, and bridge connectivity across program and issue areas.

In this role, the fellow will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of transportation, housing, and land-use within the context of Massachusetts, and will have ample opportunity to hone existing skills and develop new ones.


Reporting + Accountability

  • Collaborate on accountability reporting processes for municipalities, including:
    • Research and evaluation of municipalities’ action plans (including the City of Boston’s long-range transportation plan, Go Boston 2030);
    • Analyze project data to identify key trends + make recommendations
    • Contribute to writing and content creation for evaluation reports
  • Track and report on progress for the Emerald Network (EN) program, including:
    • Steward the Emerald Network’s greenway tracking system to update project status on reaching our 2030 goal of 200+ miles
    • Champion the completion of the Emerald Network’s Greenways Playbook to model process for community and municipal leaders by researching greenway case studies and outlining the process of greenways from community engagement, to project conception, to construction
    • Create and update GIS maps to visualize greenway status and transportation system overlaps to support the Emerald Network + Transit programs  (LivableStreets is willing to enroll our fellow into GIS classes and/or learn on the job)
  • Support staff in meetings with community organizations, State and municipal officials, and agency staff  to brief them on issue areas, project progress, reports, etc.

Policy + Research

  • Assist in development, outreach, and rollout of candidate questionnaires for key elections in MA
  • Research and develop policy recommendations for Great Neighborhoods, our housing and development focused program
  • Provide research support for policies, projects, plans, and other work areas
  • Collaborate with staff to create written and digital community engagement materials that are accessible


In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in November 2022.
  • A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in September 2023.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be no more than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by September 2022 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.


  • An interest in the field of urban and transportation planning and adjacent fields
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership
  • An eagerness to learn
  • Strong communication skills (written, visual, and verbal)
  • Enjoys taking initiative, thinking across disciplines, and creatively resolving problems
  • Ability to execute a number of diverse projects simultaneously
  • Background and/or interest in community organizing, urban and transportation planning, environmentalism, housing, land use, sociology, public health, or government or constituent services  a plus


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022.


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by The Barr Foundation. The annual salary is $49,000 for the first year, and $52,000 for the second year. Benefits include health care, dental care, a one-time relocation stipend, and a commitment to professional development.

LivableStreets will additionally provide:

  • Designated work space and a laptop, as well as any other supplies the Fellow might need to complete their work
  • Paid vacation time
  • Monthly transportation stipend to cover any transit or active transportation commuting costs (public transit fare, bike gear or repairs, equipment to walk/run to work, etc.)
  • This fellowship will not require domestic or international travel, and duties will not require a driver’s license or a car.


To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply

Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, one short answer response, and a letter of support.

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than June 26, 2022. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. If you have questions please see our FAQ page, attend an informational webinar or watch a recording, and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Manager, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

LivableStreets requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Exceptions will be provided for medical or religious reasons.

LivableStreets is an E-Verify employer.

LivableStreets is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. People with multiple marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply, including queer, trans, people with disabilities and/or people of color. LivableStreets does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.