Cathy Ortiz Lopez: Cathy is a Quality Engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (CSDL). She joined the not-for-profit research and development laboratory in January 2014. Prior to joining CSDL, she was a Subcontract Program Coordinator; a Systems Quality Assurance Engineer; and a Manufacturing Engineer. She began her career at General Electric Transportation’s Rail Division where she participated in the Operational Management Leadership Program (OMLP). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus and a Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University. As part of her studies she traveled to and conducted case studies on Kenya’s public health system and France’s illegal immigration from the former North African colonies. This leader lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is passionate about being an active member of the international community through travel, philanthropic work, and professional engineering execution.
Jennifer Williams: Jenny is a Assistant Regional Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services. Her work covers a wide variety of topics, including health law, education law, and employment law. Prior to her time as an Attorney, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families where she focused on administering Head Start grants. Jenny graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s in political science and received her juris doctor from DePaul University. Outside of work, Jenny loves traveling, cooking, running, and reading up on international politics.
Kristin MacDougall Sullivan: Kristin is an attorney for National Grid in the energy and utility field. Prior to her time at National Grid, Kristin was an Associate for Day Pitney LLP. She joined Day Pitney after graduating from University of Connecticut School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Kristin studied the incorporation of tribal rights into African constitutions and European immigration law, among other international law topics. During her first summer of law school, Kristin worked for the Regional Security Office for the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to law school, Kristin worked as an inside sales representative for Fidelity Investments, selling their institutional line of products. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Business from the University of Rhode Island, where she studied abroad in Greece and Cape Verde. Outside of work, Kristin loves exploring the city and keeping abreast of the international affairs current events.
Caroline Tilden – Director of Outreach: Caroline is an Advisory Services Associate at Cambridge Associates, LLC. Her role focuses on the coordination, oversight, and execution of investment programs decisions of client institutions and family groups. Prior to joining C|A, she worked in the Training and Capacity Building Unit at Accion Internacional’s Boston office. She graduated from Boston College with a BA in International Studies and Hispanic Studies. Outside of work, Caroline loves traveling, tennis, trying new restaurants and learning about micro-finance.
Eric Hansson: Eric is a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, he manages the Commonwealth’s financial resources and helps inform the Governor’s annual budget proposal. Prior to state service, Eric held a variety of positions in trade promotion and international development, most recently for the British Consulate-General Boston. He received his MA in European affairs and international economics from The George Washington University and his BA in English, French, and History from Syracuse University. When not reading up on transatlantic relations, Eric enjoys cooking a good meal and planning his next hiking trip.
Blake Anneberg: Blake is the head of technology for NoticeAbility, which is a Cambridge based Ed-Tech nonprofit that develops online curriculum for dyslexic students. Previously, Blake had worked as a freelance website builder for various international nonprofits and businesses. After his undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, he served in AmeriCorps VISTA. Blake has also volunteered with long term workcamps and has run many marathons around the world. Blake enjoys being an active member with various international chambers of commerces in Boston, and leads the Boston Scandinavian Meetup.