Gianni Hill ’21.
Revere, Mass., mayoral aide Gianni Hill ’21 has parlayed his Hamilton public policy senior thesis into a job with his hometown city government. He’s seeking ways to offset noise pollution from nearby Boston Logan International Airport.

Hill began work 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 hazards committee in Revere. His study ultimately became the foundation for his senior thesis, the results of which he’s now using to convince elected officials to approve the hazards committee.

His senior project was a cost-benefit analysis on various Logan airport noise amelioration scenarios. Suggestions included alteration of flight paths depending on time of day and residential sound insulation projects.

“I also have been tasked with reforming the city’s boards and commissions, evaluating aspects such as compliance with state law, appointment processes, and more equitable representation,” Hill said.

Hill graduated with a dual concentration in public policy and Hispanic studies. He produced a second honors senior thesis 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 as well allows me to assist even more constituents,” he said.

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Hill started his new job fresh from a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, where he oversaw operation of the writing center at the IE University of Madrid. There he assisted undergraduate and graduate students with their academic writing in English. Eventually, he plans to enter law school to cement his work in public service in Revere.

“I hope to use my legal education to better serve my hometown community,” he said.

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