Rob Hollister
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.

Lorlene Hoyt
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 at Tufts University. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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 Journal of Urban Technology, 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. She currently advises graduate theses and teaches graduate seminars entitled Anchor Institutions and Community Revitalization and Community Development, Planning and Politics.

For more information, see Dr. Hoyt’s online portfolio.

Jennifer Catalano
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 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
Program Administrator

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

Rantimi Oluwasegun
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
Program Assistant

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
Communications Coordinator

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.

Donald Wertlieb
Senior Liaison, Talloires Network

Don Wertlieb 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.

Trang Vuong
Research Assistant

 Trang Vuong is a research assistant at the Talloires Network. She is a Vietnamese Fulbright student at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. In Vietnam, she is a lecturer and academic advisor at the Department of Urban Management, Hanoi Architectural University. Trang is a recipient of Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Award and the Miriam Charef Simonds Scholarship for her commitment to higher education and public service. Her areas of interest also include international planning and community development.

Jonathan Diaz 
University Volunteer Program Coordinator

DiAZ Jonathan Diaz is a graduate student at Tufts University in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program and is expected to graduate in May 2016. He was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut; however obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He is passionate about the intersectionality of equity, democracy, and sustainable development both domestically and internationally in low-income communities. He is also interested in social responsibility and energy. Lastly,  but just as important, he is a Youtube enthusiast and a lover of all things involving avocados.