Director, Talloires Network
College of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University
Rob Hollister is Founding Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. He is Professor in the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
A pioneer in the engaged university movement, Professor Hollister led the creation and development of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, a uniquely comprehensive university-wide program to prepare students in all fields for lifetimes of active citizenship – to educate citizen engineers and citizen physicians, citizen humanists and citizen businesspeople. In 2005, he co-founded the Talloires Network. Also in 2005, in partnership with Campus Compact, he initiated The Research University Civic Engagement Network, an alliance that today number 40 major U.S. research universities.
A specialist in citizen participation in public affairs and in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, Professor Hollister is co-author of The Engaged University: International Perspectives on Civic Engagement and Development Politics, and co-editor and contributing author of Governing, Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations; Cities of the Mind; Neighborhood Policy and Planning; and Neighborhood Health Centers.
Director of Programs and Research, Talloires Network
Lorlene Hoyt joined the Talloires Network as Director of Programs and Research in December 2011. Her principal fields of interest are city-campus partnerships, community economic development, and information and communication technologies. From 2002-2011, she was an Assistant then Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the M.I.T. where she founded MIT@Lawrence, an award-winning city-campus partnership with the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Her research has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Economic Affairs, the International Journal of Public Administration, the Journal of Urban Technology, and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. She offers a new paradigm for graduate education in Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Equity, Economy, and Environment (Vanderbilt University Press), a book and the result of a collaborative thesis project with M.I.T. students. Dr. Hoyt is also Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and Strategic Advisor to Urban Revitalizers, an urban planning consultancy she co-founded in 1998. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University. For more information, see Dr. Hoyt’s online portfolio.
Director, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Jennifer Catalano is the Director of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative at the Talloires Network. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she studied Human Security and Monitoring and Evaluation. Prior to graduate school, Jennifer held program director and project management positions in the international NGO and private sectors. Jennifer is currently based in Boston. She has lived and worked in Europe, Central America, Africa, and South Asia. Her interests include gender and youth in development, innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation, the anthropology of development, crisis mapping, and the ethics of aid.
Amy Newcomb Rowe
Program Manager, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Amy Newcomb Rowe joined the Talloires Network as Program Manager for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative in November 2012. She received her MA in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Prior to graduate school, Amy worked with the US Department of State in Nicosia, Cyprus and Amman, Jordan. Before joining Talloires, Amy worked with the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the University in Cairo, Egypt. Her research interests include middle east anthropology, gender and development, social justice philanthropy, service learning and civil society. At the present time, she is based in Boston and enjoys photography.
Budget and Program Coordinator, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Rantimi Oluwasegun is the Budget and Program Coordinator for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative at Talloires Network. Prior to joining Talloires Network, she served with AmeriCorps and managed youth development programs for students in Boston Public Schools. Rantimi holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Her research interests include health systems strengthening and the role of youths in building sustainable economic development in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Maureen Keegan is the Program Coordinator at the Talloires Network. Maureen holds a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Political Science and a minor in French from Boston College. As an undergraduate, she spent time living in France while studying at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Maureen joined the Talloires Network because of a firm belief in the importance of civic engagement as a component of higher education and an interest in the evolving role of the university in the global community.
Program Assistant, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Edwin Nelson joined the Talloires Network in February 2013 as Program Assistant for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative. Prior to joining the Network, he worked in the areas of economic development and housing stabilization and has previous experience developing academic readiness programs and workforce development strategies. Edwin is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. His research interests include social entrepreneurship, innovations in workforce development, and participatory planning strategies.
Senior Liaison, Talloires Network
Donald Wertlieb, Ph.D., is Professor emeritus in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University where he founded its Center for Applied Child Development as a hub for a wide range of local, national, and international partnerships engaging the university and students in community-based efforts to enhance the quality of life for children and families. His research focuses on how children, families, and communities cope with adversity and disability, using that knowledge to design interventions to foster coping and resilience. As an applied developmental scientist specializing in pediatric psychology, his work has brought him to China, France, Guatemala, Israel, Kuwait, Singapore, and Ukraine. He is co-editor of the 4-volume Handbook of Applied Developmental Science, past-president of the Society for Pediatric Psychology, and current president of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
As Senior Liaison, Wertlieb represents the Talloires Network in its work with member institutions and partner organizations in different parts of the world. This role includes advocating for the expansion and strengthening of the global civic engagement movement of higher education, constructing strategies for institutional change and effectiveness, and exploring additional opportunities for the Network to support and to collaborate with its members and partners.
John Pollock has worked with the Talloires Network since 2008 and is currently the Program Assistant, handling issues such as member relations and management of the annual MacJannet Prize. John is studying in a Masters program at the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a focus on development economics and the Middle East. He holds a degree in Political Science and Arabic Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
University Volunteer Program Coordinator
Seher Syed joined the Talloires Network as the University Volunteer Program Coordinator in October 2012. She is pursuing a Masters in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School with a focus on international finance and development economics. Prior to joining Talloires Network, Seher served as the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC. She has held several research and volunteer positions across South Asia. Seher graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she double majored in Economics and International Relations.
Liz Holden is a first-year Master’s student in the Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy program at Tufts. At the Talloires Network, she is teaching assistant for the Anchor Institutions and Community Revitalization seminar course, and is conducting research related to that topic. Liz holds a BA in English and a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire. She joined the Talloires Network due to an interest in how universities can better provide communities and policy makers with access to new research and innovation.