Willow Latham

2018 Cheng Fellow

Willow Latham is a concurrent degree student in the MPA program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, Willow worked as a Junior Professional Associate in the Water Global Practice at the World Bank’s Brazil office, helping manage urban water supply and sanitation projects in Brazil’s northeast and the State of São Paulo. She also worked as a city planner supervising land use, resilience, and stormwater projects at the Jersey City Planning Department. In summer 2017, Willow interned at the Ministry of Infrastructure in Cabo Verde, where she developed a keen interest in the role of remittances in economic development. As a Cheng Fellow, Willow is working to help put development projects directly in the hands of remittance senders and receivers. By linking communities to remittance-sending investors, Willow hopes to facilitate direct investment in local infrastructure, bundling geographically concentrated contributions for district-scale projects. In summer 2018, she worked as an Investment Research Analyst at the Post Road Foundation, helping to develop infrastructure financing models for digital connectivity in remote areas. Willow has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College. She is fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish.