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Brianda Hernandez Cavalcanti

Program Manager and 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 Manager and 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 in Los Angeles, California. She was born in Mexico and is a firm believer in education and the power of diversity.


Lorlene Hoyt

Executive Director, Talloires Network

Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is the Executive Director of the Talloires Network, Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and faculty member of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. From 2002-2011, she served as 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. At Tufts University, she advises graduate theses and teaches graduate seminars. More recently, she coordinated a research and writing collaboration with engaged scholars who are leading exemplary university civic engagement programs in seven countries on six continents. Their collective work entitled Regional Perspectives on Learning-by-Doing: Stories from Engaged Universities Around the World was published by Michigan State University Press in 2017. For more information, see Dr. Hoyt’s online portfolio

Anamaria Karrels

Graduate Student Ambassador

Anamaria Karrels, from southeastern Wisconsin, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Human Rights Studies and International Studies from University of Dayton in Ohio. During her time at the University of Dayton, she recognized first-hand the importance of integrating a university with the local community. Anamaria has served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State in Geneva, Switzerland, Washington D.C., U.S., and Santiago, Chile. As a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, Anamaria looks forward to beginning her position as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department in July 2018.

Rob Hollister

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 Department 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 Civic Life, a uniquely comprehensive university-wide program to prepare students in all fields for lifetimes of active citizenship. In 2005, h co-founded the Talloires Network. He is currently Senior Advisor to the University Social Responsibility Network.