M.S. Candidate

Janet M. Lopez

Janet M. Lopez
M.S. Candidate

I am originally from Miami, FL and attended Florida International University, from where I have a B.A. in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology as well as a Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies. I am currently in Panama with the Panam Field Work Experience as an intern for the United Nations Development Programme Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Moussa Lessi Traore

M.S Candidate

My name is Moussa Traoré, and I am originally from Burkina Faso (West Africa). I am a 2014-16 Masters student in Global Development at Tulane University. In college I majored in English as a second language at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Prior to coming to the United States and enrolling in this program, I did several jobs, but mainly worked as a high school English teacher In Burkina. However, my interest in the field of development originated from a brief but enriching experience with the U.S. Peace Corps/Burkina. There I worked as a language and culture facilitator.

Rebeccah N. Lane

M.S. Candidate

Hi Y'all:

My name is Rebeccah Lane and I am a M.S. Candidate of International Development with The Payson Program for Global Development at Tulane Law. 

Sefira Fialkoff

M.S. Candidate

Originally from Connecticut, I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 with a BA in Global Economics. Upon graduating I worked for Innovations for Poverty Action as an evaluation coordinator in Busia, Kenya. We conducted small-scale health and micro-finance studies. After Kenya I moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I lived for four years. I was involved in a number of community development projects and worked with Banamex to extend financial services to community members. 

Rebecca Emel

Rebecca Emel
M.S. Candidate

I am originally from Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society and BA in Women’s Studies with minors in Political Science and Black American Studies. I was fortunate enough to take part in a short internship in Rondebosch, South Africa where I worked in a human right’s law firm writing legal opinions and offering free legal advice through a local clinic. This experience was extremely transformative and has greatly impacted my areas of interest.

Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

Adelia DeMarsico

Adelia DeMarsico
M.S. Candidate

My name is Adelia and I am a South Florida native.  As an enthusiast for Latin America, I majored in Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Florida and have spent significant time in Latin America traveling, teaching English, and interning. Before moving to New Orleans to pursue my post graduate degree in International Development, I worked as a middle school Spanish teacher.  Through this experience, my passion for children and education became apparent to me.

Nic Nunn-Faron

Nic Nunn-Faron
M.S. Candidate

Sydney Gray

M.S. Candidate

My passion lies at the intersection of women and water and I spend every minute I can with Mama Maji, a New Orleans-based nonprofit dedicated to using water to empower women.

Susan Lightfoot Schempf

Susan Lightfoot Schempf
M.S. Candidate

Susan Lightfoot is a community food systems development professional with 15 years of hands-on experience in food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and youth development programming. After co-founding and directing the Noyo Food Forest, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in rural northern California, Susan designed and implemented an innovative regional Farm to Fork program to increase smallholder farmers' income and improve school feeding programs in the region.

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