Student Leaders and Members

Raquel Perez (’17)

Raquel is a senior at Tufts University, studying Community Health and Child Study and Human Development. She is passionate about expanding access to healthcare, with a particular interest in women and children’s health. On campus she is the president of the Tufts’ chapter of Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit in the fight toward global health equity that provides students and volunteers the opportunity to engage directly in global development. Through Empower, Raquel spent a summer in Xela, Guatemala learning from Tufts Timmy’s partner health organization, Pop Wuj, and volunteering in their various projects.

Raquel is from Los Angeles, California and loves sunshine and a good cup of coffee, with pan dulce, of course.

Peter Sacco - The Fletcher School (’17)

Peter is a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Thanks to the Empower Fellowship, Peter spent last summer in Guatemala working with craft shoemakers to finalize the first Adelante Shoe Co. product line. Adelante Shoe Co. is a new social enterprise that Peter founded to connect craft shoemakers throughout Latin America to the US market at a Living Well Wage. Adelante is dedicated to making it effortless to buy a socially responsible pair of shoes without compromising on quality, style, or affordability.

Peter attended UMass Amherst and loves all things human, ocean, and travel. He wears a mustache because he is serious, but doesn’t take himself too seriously.