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Lorlene Hoyt

Executive Director

Dr. Lorlene Hoyt is a Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, a faculty member of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, and the Executive Director of the Talloires Network. 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. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, see

Christina Kaltcheva

Senior Program Administrator

Christina is the Senior Program Administrator for the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts in International & Global Studies and Environmental Studies and is interested in community engagement from an international lens as well as social and environmental sustainability and justice. At the Talloires Network, Christina coordinates and administers the many programs and activities of the Network, serving as the primary point of contact for 400+ member universities. Prior to joining the Talloires Network, Christina worked as Administrative Coordinator at the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

Graduate Assistants

Ana Paola de la Vega Nunez

Global Programs and Diversity Equity and Inclusions Specialist

Ana Paola is the Global Programs and Diversity Equity and Inclusions Specialist at the Talloires Network. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and is interested in advancing sustainable and innovative finance for gender-transformative and environmentally just communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, a Certificate Diploma in Gender, Development and Sustainability from UNAM and has professional experience in international development cooperation and academia.

Muram Bacare

Strategic Communications and Civic Engagement Specialist

Muram is a Strategic Communications and Civic Engagement Specialist. She is currently pursuing her master's in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her interests lie in the areas of social justice and implementing the role that collaborative civic engagement plays in positively impacting communities and policymaking, as well as the opportunities that effective community and stakeholder engagement can create for people of all income levels across the globe. She has experience developing innovative DEIJ programming and is passionate about conducting educational, cultural, social, and personal enrichment programs that promote dialogue, the ideals of social justice, and cultural awareness.