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Nitsan Shakked

Associate Director

Nitsan joined TIE in August 2016 as Associate Director. Together with Prof. Abriola, she sets TIE’s vision, sustaining and building programs and initiatives. In addition, Nitsan directly supervises the TIE staff to foster interdisciplinary partnerships across campus.

Nitsan has a rich cultural and educational background that combines strengths in environmental science, technology, and international policy. She was educated in Israel, Germany, and the United States. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection of water, energy, conflict, policy and society.

Nitsan is a graduate of the M.A. in Global Affairs program from Yale University, where she focused on technology and innovation in development. In addition to her M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University, Nitsan holds a B.S. in Geology and Earth Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tübingen University. Nitsan enjoys going on geology trips, collecting rocks, reading poetry in the park, and swimming.


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Jill Parlee

Assistant Director for Programs

Jill joined TIE in December 2016 as Assistant Director for Programs. Jill works closely with the Associate Director to help design, establish, facilitate, and coordinate TIE’s core programs.

Jill is a natural resource management professional with a firm background in a range of natural resource issues, including climate change, waste management and food security. Jill has nearly 10 years of experience in the Caribbean region working on environmental issues in small islands and championing various grant-funded projects and consultancies related to sustainable development. She has expertise in responsible business practices, green growth, community development, sustainable financing, and stakeholder engagement garnered through her work and education.

Jill has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change from the University of the West Indies, Barbados and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Social Context of Business from McGill University, Canada.



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Lauren O’Brien

Graduate Intern, TIE Programming and WSSS Coordination
Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Class of 2017

Lauren assists in administrative task management for the WSSS Program, manages WSSS-related social media, and contributes to other TIE event planning and program coordination. She earned a bachelors degree is in Political Science, Peace and Justice, and Pre-Medical Studies from Villanova University. Her attention to human health evolved to include her passion for addressing the nexus of social and environmental justice in community development. At Friedman, Lauren focuses on food waste and consumption patterns within the food-water-energy nexus.


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Molly Haragan

Graduate Intern, TIE Programming
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Class of 2018

Molly assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated and supported programs and initiatives, including TIE Fellows, the TIE Environmental Film Club, and the Tufts Energy Conference. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics, French, and Spanish from Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio). At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she is focusing on international environment and resource policy and development economics.


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Lea Karnath

Graduate Intern, Communications

School of Medicine Public Health and Professional Degrees, Class of 2018

Lea assists in TIE-related communications including formulating newsletters and managing social media sites. She earned a bachelors degree in Communication and English from State University of New York at Geneseo. Currently, she is pursuing a masters in Health Communication at Tufts School of Medicine.

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Taylor Parrish

Graduate Intern, TIE Programing

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Taylor assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated and supported programs and initiatives, including the 2017 Tufts-SEI Nexus Symposium. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in English Literature and Professional/Technical Writing. At the English Department, she is focusing on Transatlantic Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism.