Interim Executive Director, Talloires Network
From 2002-2011, Dr. Hoyt was an Assistant then Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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 Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and the All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 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 published by Vanderbilt University Press and the result of a collaborative thesis project with a group of six M.I.T. students. At Tufts University, she advises graduate theses and teaches graduate seminars entitled Anchor Institutions and Community Revitalization and Community Development, Planning and Politics. From 2012-2016, she led a research and writing collaboration with university faculty, staff, students and community partners who are leading exemplary university civic engagement programs in seven countries. Their collective work entitled Regional Perspectives on Learning-by-Doing: Stories from Engaged Universities Around the World will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2017.
For more information, see Dr. Hoyt’s online portfolio.
Director, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Jennifer Catalano directs the Youth Economic Participation Initiative at the Talloires Network. This multi-year initiative supports eight universities around the world to cultivate the creative and entrepreneurial potential of young people, so that they are prepared to start businesses, find jobs, and contribute to their communities. She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and a BA Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to arriving at Tufts for graduate school in 2009, Jennifer worked for two small initiatives dedicated to improving maternal and child health in rural Tibet, and to creating access to mobility for young people with disabilities in Ethiopia and India. She has lived in seven countries, and likes nothing more than to get lost in foreign cities or to communicate (however poorly) in new languages.
Amy Newcomb Rowe
Program Manager, Youth Economic Participation Initiative
Amy Newcomb Rowe is the Program Manager at the Talloires Network. She holds a Masters degree in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Prior to joining the Talloires Network, Amy worked with the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo and the US Department of State in Nicosia, Cyprus and Amman, Jordan.
Brianda Hernandez Cavalcanti
Brianda Hernandez joined the Talloires Network in October 2013 as the Spanish Language University liaison and then as the University Volunteers Program coordinator in May 2014, becoming Program Administrator for the Network as of July 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from California State University Northridge in Urban Studies and Planning. Prior to joining the Network, Brianda worked in the areas of advocacy, community based-urban design, and urban greening projects. She was born in Mexico and is a firm believer in education and the power of diversity
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.
Jacqueline DiMichele is the program assistant for the Talloires Network. Her key responsibilities include coordinating travel, event planning, processing reimbursements as well as accounting using a variety of university software programs. Prior to joining the Talloires Network, Jacqueline worked at Tufts University for more than two decades. She served as administrative support for the Department of Physics and Astronomy for 21 years. Prior to that, she worked on the Boston campus as assistant to the Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
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.
Visiting Researcher and Program Coordinator
Trang Vuong is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher to the Talloires Network and coordinates the University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa program. Trang holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Hanoi Architectural University. She is a recipient of Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Award and Miriam Charef Simonds Scholarship for her commitment to higher education and public service. In Vietnam, she is a tenured lecturer and academic advisor at the Department of Urban Management, Hanoi Architectural University. Her areas of interest include international planning, civic engagement, and community development.
Gabriel Julian Sub
Since graduating from Bard College in 2013 Gabo has worked with the Working Families Party of New York, The New Economy Coalition, and the Institute for Policy Studies. Born and raised in NYC, he holds both U.S. and Dutch citizenship, thanks to his mother. His experiences and studies have catalyzed a commitment to building a social and economic system that prioritizes people and planet over profits. An MA candidate at Tufts University in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program, he is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2017.
Community of Practice Coordinator
Aditi Sethi is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School of Law Diplomacy with a focus on development economics. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in Canada, Aditi worked at a law firm in Canada, followed by two years at a development consultancy in India. Aditi managed an online and offline knowledge exchange platform for monitoring and evaluation professionals working in South Asia and developed a strong interest in knowledge management, access, and dissemination. At the Talloires Network, Aditi works primarily on TN Connects, a knowledge platform for the YEPI project and beyond.
Monique Ching joined the Talloires Network in 2015. She is a teaching assistant at Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning department. Monique, a New-Zealand born Hong Kong citizen, spent the past three years reporting on city government for a West Texas newspaper when she discovered her interest in environmental planning. She hopes to focus on water resources during her two years of study at Tufts.
Kate Hirschboeck is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Tufts Fletcher School, where she is focusing on program monitoring and evaluation and the links between educational opportunity and economic development. Prior to joining the Network, Kate taught English in Japan and high school history and civics in Boston, and later managed research for a nonprofit focused on developing and retaining high quality teachers in high-need schools.
Protiti Roy is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School and joined Talloires Network as the Member Engagement Associate in 2016. Having graduated with a law degree from the National Law School of India University in 2013, she practiced as a civil liberties lawyer in the Trial Courts and High Court at New Delhi, where she represented victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. At the Talloires Network, Protiti is responsible for liaising with member universities, creating outreach strategies, drafting content for the newsletter and blog, and managing the TN social media accounts.
Founding Executive Director Emeritus, Talloires Network
Professor Emeritus, School 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.