Economics

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.

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.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Ophir Haberer

Ophir Haberer
Alumnus, B.A., research assistant at Can Tho University, Mekong Delta

Ophir Haberer is an undergraduate alumnus of Tulane University and Founder/Project Coordinator of the Tulane Hope Gardens Project, an outlet to engage students in urban gardening and sustainable living.

Ophir and his many social activisim projects were the subject of a Paysonite profile in the April 7, 2014 edition of the Payson Center, eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Shea Garrison

Shea Garrison
Doctoral Student

Shea Garrsion holds a Master of Science (MS) in International Development from the Payson Center. While pursuing her MS, Shea worked with Drs. William Bertrand and Elke de Buhr developing capacity building classes and reporting documents for a Department Of Labor contract with the purpose of eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in cocoa production in Western Africa.

Susan Webber

Alumna, M.S., Peace Corps

Susan Webber works in the Office of the CFO at the Peace Corps in Washington, DC as a systems analyst. Currently, she is working on a project to re-architect a financial application that is deployed at all overseas Posts. Her longer term goal is to work for a development agency that is focused primarily on finding solutions for energy poverty (e.g. efficient cookstoves, micro-grid technologies). While at the Payson Center, Susan's studies focused primarily on development issues in Africa, particularly Kenya.

Lawliss Turner

Lawliss Turner
Doctoral Student

I'm a native of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to come home and help play a part in the recovery efforts. I took a job at the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in the state capital where my main function was to attract large scale investment and job development. Thereafter, I took a job at the City of New Orleans, Office of Community and Economic Development. In this position, I was the lead project manager for the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which was a $14 million private/CDBG investment in grocery stores in established food deserts in the New Orleans.

Shane Israel Ipatas

Shane Israel Ipatas
Alumnus, M.S., Irelya Human Development Association

Shane Israel Ipatas is a Class of 2014 alumnus with an MS in International Development at the Tulane Law School of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics (Banking and Finance) from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Andrew M. Ward

Andrew M. Ward, Tulane University Payson Center for International Development Doctoral Student
Doctoral Student

Margaret Roberts

Margaret Roberts, Payson Center Alumni
Alumna, B.A.

After graduating from Tulane University in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and International Development, I am spending time in Paraguay with Fundación Paraguaya working in the micro-finance office and at their financially self-sufficient agricultural school for rural entrepreneurs. While living in New Orleans, I worked with Good Work Network, Kiva New Orleans, A’s and Aces, Verti Farms and Sierra Club.

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