Nour Ghadanfar of MIT Named Metro Housing|Boston’s 2018 Lowell L. Richards Fellow

Boston, MA – Metro Housing|Boston has announced that Nour Ghadanfar of MIT has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Lowell L. Richards, III Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service.

Nour, who is originally from Syria, will complete her fellowship this summer with the Massachusetts Port Authority’s (Massport) Department of Planning and Economic Development, where Lowell Richards was Chief Development Officer for more than ten years. The announcement comes on March 15, Lowell Richard’s birthday.

“This was another year with exceptional and very competitive candidates,” said Karen Richards, Lowell’s wife. “Nour Ghadanfar exhibited a combination of life experiences and accomplishments that would have made Lowell proud to have her represent him with this Fellowship. In the end, I like to believe that what we knew and loved about Lowell inspired this decision.”

Nour is a 2019 Master of City Planning candidate and a Research Assistant in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Lowell Richards received the same degree at MIT. After graduation she hopes to remain in the area and launch a public service career focused on transportation.

Eventually Nour would like to go back to Syria and help to rebuild a homeland to which she has been unable to return since the start of the civil war. “I know in my heart that what I am supposed to be doing is working to ensure that people are better off – that they can have a better life.”

Nour graduated from McGill University in Montreal with joint honors in International Development and Sociology. She then joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Kuwait City, and used her time off from PwC volunteering with a Syrian refugee camp.

About Metro Housing|Boston

Serving more than 25,000 households annually, Metro Housing|Boston is dedicated to mobilizing wide-ranging resources to provide innovative and personalized services that lead families to housing stability, economic security and an improved quality of life. With more than 30 years’ experience piloting and implementing housing programs, it has solidified their position as an industry-leading expert on navigating the affordable housing field. Metro Housing|Boston is committed to making sure that every person in Greater Boston will always have a place to call home. Visit,, or follow on Twitter at @MetroHousingBos.

About Massport

The Massachusetts Port Authority (“Massport”) is an independent public authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, created by act of the legislature in 1956. Massport owns and operates Boston-Logan International Airport, L.G. Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport and certain facilities within the Port of Boston.


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CONTACT: Jeff Landis, Metro Housing|Boston


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