An exceptional group of 31 graduate and undergraduate students will build their skills while contributing to local communities and addressing social issues as Tisch Summer Fellows in New York City. In addition to receiving mentorship by Tufts Alumni and individual supervision at each placement, each student will also be supported by a Tisch Summer Fellows Graduate Assistant who will serve as a resource and lead reflections.

Graduate Assistant: Jenise Davis, F16

Jenise is a recently graduated Fletcher student with a concentration on International Business and Economic Law and Development.

Jordan Abosch, A17 – Office of U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark

The Tisch Summer Fellowship will be in the D.C. office of Congresswoman Clark, who represents the 5th Congressional District from Massachusetts.

Harsha Amaravadi, A16 – Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network is a nonprofit organization that helps college students fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food from their campuses that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need. Established at the University of Maryland in 2011, it now has 168 official chapters in 39 states and has recovered over 1 million pounds of food.

Amanda Borquaye, A18 – LIFT

LIFT takes a people-powered approach to fighting poverty: a network of community members, advocates, and advisors work together to build the strong personal, social, and financial foundations people need to get ahead. At resource centers, trained volunteers and staff work with families to find a decent job, safe housing, or a good education for themselves or their kids.

Jack Colelli, A18; Hannah Loss, A17 – Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, D.C.-area. Tisch Summer Fellows will work in separate programs, Farm to School and the Arcardia Mobile Market, which increase access to locally and organically grown foods, disseminate resources and tools for healthy cooking and eating, and engage students in learning about sustainable agriculture and where food comes.

Matthew Felsenfeld, A17 – Glover Park Group

Glover Park Group is a strategic communications and government affairs firm. Its services include public relations, advertising, marketing, government relations and policy counsel, crisis management, and opinion research. GPG offers an integrated and complementary suite of services to plan, build, and execute all manner of communications tactics, campaigns, and programs.     

Kieran Green, A17; Matthew Smith, A18 – National Defense University

The Tisch Summer Fellow will work at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, a Department of Defense-funded think tank that conducts research and analysis on emerging trends in science and technology, strategic forecasting, and program assessment. The Center divides these efforts into three distinct lines of operation: Human Studies, Physical Studies, and the National Security Technology Accelerator.

Daniel Kamlarz, A18 – Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League’s Washington Office advances the League’s domestic and international policy goals in the nation’s capital by identifying emerging issues as they take shape and crafting legislative and policy responses.

Benya Kraus, A18 – The Constitution Project

Established in 1997, The Constitution Project is renowned for its ability to bring together unlikely allies—experts and practitioners from across the political spectrum—in order to promote and safeguard America’s founding charter.

Sophie Maki, A17 – National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness. It addresses the immediate and long-term needs of people who are homeless or at risk through outreach and training, advocacy, impact litigation, and public education.

Benjamin Niekrie, A18 – Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

The Summer Fellow in Leader Pelosi’s office will work for Congressional staff and learn how the inner workings of a Congressional office operate. They work on a variety of tasks focusing on whatever is currently happening in the House. They will attend briefings and hearing, do legislative research, and help with events.

Rosa Oyarzabel, G16 – League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Tess Ross-Callahan, A18 – Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Mary Snyder, A17 – USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity; it also partners with the U.S. Agency for International Development to administer U.S. food aid programs, helping people in need around the world.

Erin Sifre, A18 – Washington, D.C. Office of MA Governor Charlie Baker

The office serves as a liaison between the state and federal governments and interacts with similar offices representing Governors from other states, working through organizations such as the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG) to advance state interests.

Natanya Trazenfeld, A17 – AARP

The AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice, and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.

Jennifer Yu, A18 – The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region.

Douglas Burt, A17; Joshua Golding, A17; Keren Hendel, A17; Eva Kahan, A19; Faryal Jafri, A18; Alexander Jaramillo, A18; Sarah Lubiner, A17; Riya Patel, A18; Lorenza Ramírez, A18; Gabriella Roncone, A19; Shivani Shendye, A17; Shai Slotky, A17; Kayla Wies, A17 – The Pentagon

Tisch Summer Fellows at the Pentagon will work in a variety of offices, including the Pentagon Strategic Defense and Space Division, Pentagon Advanced System Cost Analysis Division, Pentagon Economic and Manpower Analysis Division, Pentagon Defense Cost and Resource Center, Pentagon Acquisition Resource Analysis, Pentagon Acquisition Program Historian, Pentagon International Corporation, Pentagon External Customer Support, Pentagon Force and Infrastructure Analysis Division