Revere, Mass., Assistant Mayor Gianni Hill ’21 turned his Hamilton public policy major thesis into a job with his hometown government. He is looking for ways to offset the noise pollution from nearby Logan International Airport in Boston.
Hill began working on the project in the summer of 2020 when, as an intern in the mayor’s office, he was asked to research the feasibility of establishing a municipal airport risk committee in Revere. His study eventually became the basis of his graduation thesis, the results of which he now uses to convince elected officials to approve the risk committee.
His main project was a cost-benefit analysis of various noise improvement scenarios at Logan Airport. Suggestions included changing flight paths based on time of day and residential soundproofing projects.
“I was also tasked with reforming city boards and commissions, evaluating things like compliance with state law, nominating processes, and fairer representation,” Hill said.
Hill graduated with a double major in public policy and Hispanic studies. He produced a second doctoral dissertation in Spanish comparing the work of two often disparate Cuban writers from different centuries. “Strong writing and research skills are essential to the work I do, and my ability to communicate in Spanish also allows me to help even more voters,” he said.
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Hill began his new job after a year as a Fulbright scholar in Spain, where he oversaw the operation of the writing center at IE University in Madrid. There he helped undergraduate and graduate students write in English. Eventually, he plans to go to law school to cement his public service work at Revere.
“I hope to use my legal training to better serve my hometown community,” he said.