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Tess Hart
Strategic Communications Intern

Where do you go to school and what are you studying towards?
I am currently a joint-degree student at the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, pursuing an MBA and Master of Environmental Management.

What attracted you to Reinvestment Fund for a summer internship?
TRF works in an exciting ecosystem of social impact, sustainability and economic development—and strives to address the root of a problem, not just its symptoms. Each investment Reinvestment Fund makes is carefully designed to address a variety of community challenges, rather than just one. I was eager to work for the organization because of the holistic approach it brings to neighborhood revitalization, as well as the smart business strategies that allow it to create impact at scale. I’m also from this area, and excited to work for an organization that has had such a positive effect on my home city!

What are some of the things you will be working on for Reinvestment Fundd this summer? What do you hope to learn from your internship here?
This summer I am helping Reinvestment Fund implement a new message and communications strategy, and working to create a community of practice around one of their analytical tools, the Market Value Analysis. In addition to learning about how stakeholders implement tools like the MVA in their cities, I’m also looking forward to understanding how Reinvestment Fund designs their investments to maximize impact.

Share something interesting you have learned about Reinvestment Fund or the industry in your first few weeks here.
I’ve been interested to learn about the different partnerships that make this work possible. Collaboration among CDFIs, governments, nonprofits and businesses is common. It’s inspiring to see that nobody works in a vacuum; organizations share data, expertise and even funding to achieve the best results.

College(s) attended : B.A, Brown University, Classics and Political Science, 2009 | M.B.A, Yale School of Management, Expected 2017 | Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Expected 2017