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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

Program Administrator

Christina is the 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.

Melissa Cepeda

Graduate Assistant for Global Programs & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Melissa is the Graduate Assistant for Global Programs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Talloires Network. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and is interested in sustainable urban planning and education equity. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring cities, and spending time with family and friends.