Executive Director, Talloires Network
College of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University
Rob Hollister was 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
Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is the Director of Programs and Research for the Talloires Network and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Boston. From 2002-2011, Dr. Hoyt 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 previous 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. Dr. Hoyt offers a new paradigm for graduate education in Transforming Cities and Minds Through the Scholarship of Engagement: Equity, Economy, and Environment, a book recently published by Vanderbilt University Press and the result of a collaborative thesis project with a group of six M.I.T. students. 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 American University in Cairo, Egypt. Her research interests include Middle East anthropology, gender and development, social justice philanthropy, service learning and civil society.
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.
Senior Program Coordinator
Maureen Keegan joined the Talloires Network as Program Coordinator in August 2012. 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.
Matias Ramos joined the Talloires Network in February 2014. He is in charge of communications efforts for the Youth Economic Participation Initiative and the network as a whole. Prior to joining the Network, Matias worked for the Services Employees International Union, the Institute for Policy Studies, the National Immigration Law Center, and the UCLA Labor Center. He has been deeply involved in social movement organizations, and was a co-founder of a national immigrant youth advocacy network, United We Dream. Matias studied political science at UCLA, and he is originally from Argentina.
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.
Spanish Language Liaison
Brianda Hernandez joined The Talloires Network as the Spanish-Liaison between the Spanish-speaking Universities in September 2013. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning. Her research interests include spatial justice in the urban built environment and community advocacy planning. Prior to joining the Network, Brianda worked in the areas of advocacy, community based-urban design, and urban greening projects. Brianda graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning with an emphasis in environmental analysis.
Opinion Leaders Initiative Graduate Assistant
Jessica Meckler joined the Talloires Network as a Graduate Assistant in September 2013. She is pursuing a Masters in Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School with concentrations in human security and development economics. Before joining the Network, Jessica assisted the employment department of a refugee resettlement agency in Philadelphia, and she spent a year in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Jessica graduated from Temple University with majors in English and Asian Studies.
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.
Civic Engagement Liaison
Rebecca Tumposky joined the Talloires Network in September 2013. She is pursuing a Masters in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning. Previously, she worked at HOPE Collaborative, an environmental health organization based in Oakland, CA which focused on creating a more equitable food system and built environment. She also worked as a trainer with Catalyst Project, a San Francisco based center for political education. She holds a bachelors degree in Politics from Oberlin College.
Ahsen Utku joined the Talloires Network in September 2013 as a Research Assistant. She is pursuing a dual degree between the Masters in Law and Diplomacy at Fletcher School, Tufts University and the Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to moving to Boston, Ahsen was working as a journalist in Istanbul as she was pursuing her Masters in International Relations at Marmara University. Her academic interests focus on ethno-nationalism, religion and conflict and conflict resolution in post-conflict societies with a special focus on Southeastern Europe. When she is not working or studying, Ahsen enjoys the city by taking photographs.