Student Leaders and Members

Claire Connolly (’19)

Co-Event Coordinator

Claire is a junior from Maplewood, New Jersey and is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Globalization. She is interested creating social change through international development, specifically in countries in Latin America. This past summer she interned for Worldwide Orphans (WWO) and Bpeace. WWO focuses on developing the cognitive skills of orphans and Bpeace sets up local entrepreneurs in violent-affected countries with business professionals in the United States. At Tufts, Claire is a member of the Petey Greene Program and the Tufts ACLU chapter. In her free time, she likes to read, watch Netflix comedy specials, and hanging out with friends.

Cristina da Gama (’19)

Consulting Director with Libraries Without Borders

Cristina da Gama is a junior at Tufts from Caracas, Venezuela. She is interested in Economics, Communications, Psychology and Entrepreneurship. Growing up in Caracas, she was motivated to reach out to communities in need. She was also interested in understanding how social, economic and political forces often polarize nations. Cristina hopes to gain valuable experience while working in TID and other projects in order to help her country in the future. In her free time, she likes to read, play sports and hang out with friends. Cristina is a member of the Libraries Without Borders team.

Cody Eaton (’19)

Co-Event Coordinator

Cody is a junior from Gloucester, MA who is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Economic Development. He became very interested in international development and micro-finance after conducting research on the Tufts Global Engagement Trip to Ecuador, and hopes to work in Latin America in the future. He was a policy intern in the MA Office of Housing and Economic Development, and on campus he is a member of WMFO College Radio and Tufts Progressive Alliance. He is an avid soccer and music fan, and spends his free time taking photos and having fun with friends.

Mia Ellis (’18)


Mia is a senior at Tufts University from Montclair, NJ. She is majoring in quantitative economics and math with a minor in Arabic. She's interested in pursuing a career in economic development, with a specific focus on effective and ethical practices. She's interned as a lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States, interned for the United States Public Interest Research Group, worked with the Mo Dewji Foundation in Tanzania, and conducted research for the International Food Policy Research Institute in Egypt. She has also worked as a research assistant for a Tufts economics professor and conducted independent research in Tunisia.

Rachael Meyer (’19)

Consulting Director with Action for Education

Rachael Meyer is a junior from Cedar Bluffs, NE who is double majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. This past summer she interned at the Everglades Foundation working on Everglades restoration. In the past she has interned with the Center for Rural Affairs, spent time volunteering in Peru, Honduras, and Tanzania, and worked as a private tutor for Tufts Literacy Corps. At Tufts she is the executive editor of Social Media and a staff photographer for the Tufts Daily and a member of the Tufts Climbing Team. Rachael looks forward to pursuing a career in Environmental Sustainability in Latin America.

Jacob Rubel (’21)

Funding Leader

Jacob Rubel is a first year from Brooklyn, NY. He plans on majoring in political science and economics with a minor in philosophy. He is very interested in political philosophy, American politics, and education policy. Jacob is interested in pursuing a career in government and the non-profit sector. He has been a Bloomberg Arts and Culture Intern, worked on education consulting in the New York City DOE, and studied abroad in Spain during his sophomore year of high school as a student and volunteer English tutor. Jacob is involved in the Tufts Philosophy club, the Tufts CIVIC, the Ethics Bowl, and will be participating in the inaugural CIVIC Perspectives trip. In his free time, he likes to read, hike, and watch Spanish movies.