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Olivia Foster
Invest Health and Policy Solutions Intern

Where do you go to school and what are you studying towards?

I am a rising senior at Princeton University earning a degree in Civil Engineering. My interest is the influence of the built environment on the social fabric of cities.

What attracted you to Reinvestment Fund for a summer internship?

I was attracted to Reinvestment Fund because I wanted to gain insight into the process of urban development and initiatives from the beginning to end. To be able to see what it takes to bring these very tangible projects from idea to reality is very interesting to me.

What are some of the things you will be working on for Reinvestment Fund during your internship? What do you hope to learn from your internship here?

I will be working on the Invest Health initiative in the stage of planning the technical assistance that will be provided for the 10 cities chosen to participate in Invest Health 2.0. Designing a personalized program to help these small to mid-size cities reach their built environment goals will be a major part of my summer here. I will also be working on the eviction data analysis with Policy Solutions. I’m excited to look at both hard and soft data to understand the inequalities in Philadelphia’s eviction system.

Share something interesting you have learned about Reinvestment Fund or the industry in your time here.

During my time at Reinvestment Fund so far, I have learned a bit about the benefits but also difficulties of having such a broad range of cities and projects that are being impacted. Standard models of data analysis, financing, trainings, etc. simply don’t exist for all of these projects. Creating specialized interventions seems to be a major part of the work and I’m excited to learn more about that process.


College(s) attended: Princeton University