Leah Meadows '14

United States -

Leah Meadows (F14) was the Graduate Coordinator of the Empower Program from 2013-14 when she pursued her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, with a focus in development economics, human security, and gender. As an Empower Fellow during the summer of 2013, Leah conducted a gender analysis and gender integration assessment for Mercy Corps Indonesia’s Agri-Fin Mobile program, which provides farmers with agricultural information and financial services through cell phone technology. Prior to The Fletcher School, Leah worked as the Program Associate of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation (UNF), where she managed the adolescent girl portfolio, including research, advocacy, and programming in Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Guatemala. She also managed a $1.2 million grant to research girls in rural economies and adolescent girls' migration in West Africa. Prior to UNF, Leah worked as the Creative Coordinator for an international jewelry company in Singapore. 

Cody Valdes '13

United States - Boston

Cody Valdes is developing within political theory. He is working at Tufts in various ad-hoc capacities through 2015. As an IGL student he worked with close groups of peers developing projects in poltiical violence mitigation, renewable energy, and poverty and power analysis. He was involved in the Poverty and Power Research Initiative when it studied the Philippines, the EPIIC colloquia on Global Cities, South Asia: Culture, Conflict, Complexity, and Change, and Global Conflict in the 21st Century, the Empower Program during 2011-12, and is a Synaptic Scholar. 

Christina Goldbaum '14

United States - Boston

Christina Goldbaum (A14) completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Entrepreneurial Leadership studies at Tufts University. She has worked in East Africa and Latin America on various development and human rights focused projects ranging from holistic education programs in Tanzania to the protection of indigenous populations' rights in Bolivia. She has served as the co-director of BUILD, a student-led, collaborative rural development organization working with resettled combatants in Guatemala and with a community in Tamil, Nadu India, and was the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Empower Program for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012-13. She has also conducted research internationally on public health programs in Rwanda and local perspectives on US military involvement in Uganda, and was a member of the EPIIC colloquium on Conflict in the 21st Century. Her interests include social entrepreneurship, non-fiction story-telling, and the intersection of entrepreneurial and political culture.