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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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 Rachel G Brown 

Administrative Coordinator

Rachel joined TIE in July 2017 as the Administrative Coordinator. In conjunction with the Assistant Director for Programs, Rachel works to support the expansion of interdisciplinary academic initiatives that make up TIE’s programs.

Rachel served as an environmental educator at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy by presenting at orientations, administrator meetings, and student organizations about recycling and sustainable practices. In addition, Rachel has significant experience implementing and managing projects and programs for environmental sustainability.

Rachel has a Masters degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and a Bachelors degree in Environmental & Cultural Anthropology from the City University of NY, Lehman College with a focus on sustainable practices in Japan.


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Molly Haragan

Graduate Intern, TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, 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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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.

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Julia Miller

Graduate Intern, WSSS Coordination & TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, Urban and Environmental Planning, Class of 2018

Julia assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated programs and initiatives, such as the WSSS program. She earned her Bachelor of Science from University of Rhode Island where she studied Marine Affairs, an interdisciplinary degree consisting of marine science, law and policy. At UEP, Julia is focused on water quality management and public health.

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Michael LaScaleia

Undergraduate Intern, Communications, Marketing & Social Media Outreach

Biology and Environmental Studies Majors

Michael manages the social media accounts for TIE as well as writing the TIE newsletter. Michael is currently entering his fourth year as an undergraduate at Tufts University and will graduate in spring 2018. In his research Michael focuses on plant chemistry and ecosystem conservation.