Tessa is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She grew up in the Philadelphia area by way of Trinidad and the United Kingdom. She is a board member of a nonprofit in Philadelphia that focuses on food security, urban sustainability, and youth leadership programs. After the Harvard Kennedy School, she will work as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to HKS, she participated in the 2010 Rangel Summer program and then traveled throughout South America to volunteer for eight months. She returned to the U.S. and worked as the Program Director for the Donald Payne International Development Program, leading their first effort to promote excellence and diversity in the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Tessa graduated from Tufts University in 2010 with a Bachelor in International Relations and a minor in African Studies. While at Tufts, she played an active role in the Emerging Black Leaders organization, studied abroad in Spain, and conducted research in Ghana.
Tessa is a dedicated Philadelphia Eagles fan and her favorite oldies songs include anything by Sam Cooke.