meet the staff
Anissa Bazari manages the Global Scholars online global awareness program as part of the professional team for Global Cities, Inc. Prior to joining Global Cities, Anissa worked as Program Director for Global Partners Junior, an international online exchange program connecting students in cities around the world based in New York City’s Mayor’s Office for International Affairs. Anissa previously worked as a teacher in a variety of contexts, including teaching creative writing at New York University and NYU Medical Center and high school English, Global Arts, and Theater at Bronx Theater High School and Discovery High School in the Bronx. Anissa holds an M.S. in English Education from Lehman College, an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University, and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.
Claire DeChant is part of the professional team of educators that manages the Global Scholars online global exchange program. Prior to joining Global Cities, Claire worked as a science and math teacher at Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn and as a science teacher at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter school in Philadelphia. At both schools, she led curriculum development for several courses, coached FIRST Robotics FTC teams, and supported the adoption of advanced pedagogical techniques in the science departments. Claire holds a B.S. in Psychology with emphases in Human Development and Social Psychology from Duke University and an M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marouh Hussein assists with the implementation and evaluation of the Global Scholars program. Prior to joining Global Cities, Marouh worked as a Program and Grant Coordinator at Project Harmony, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Harlem, NY dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and healthy living in urban communities. She also spent three months performing environmental research at the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe in Cairo, Egypt. Marouh holds an M.P.A. in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Dance from SUNY Stony Brook University.
Colleen Khachatourians manages the Global Scholars online global awareness program as part of the professional team for Global Cities, Inc. Prior to joining Global Cities, Colleen worked for two years as a Field Supervisor in the TESOL and Elementary Inclusive Education programs at Teachers’ College, Columbia University. Colleen was previously involved as a Project Coordinator and Curriculum Editor at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon. For six years, Colleen taught multiple grades at 92nd Street School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she received a grant from the USDA to lead a school-wide nutrition awareness program. Colleen received her M.Ed. in K-8 education from UCLA, with a focus on English Language Learners and urban education. She holds a B.A. in Creative Studies Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She holds teaching licenses in California and New York.
Meg Louis manages the overall daily operations and programming for Global Cities, Inc. Previously, Meg was Director of Government and External Affairs for WNET/Thirteen, New York City’s PBS station where she served as the chief officer for all government and community outreach activities. As such, she managed all government grants, policy and lobbying activities. Prior to that, Meg served as the General Counsel for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. In this role, she managed all of the transactional programming and agency work, as well as the inter-agency policy work for. As a Media lawyer, Meg served in senior positions as a transactional, corporate and production lawyer for several media companies including Hallmark Entertainment, Miramax Films, HBO and NBC. Meg earned her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and NYU, and her B.A. in French from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the New York bar.
Rajwantie Sahai is a manager of the Global Scholars online global awareness program as part of the professional team for Global Cities, Inc. Rajwantie launched her career as a high school teacher in Edgard, Louisiana, and as a Teach For America corps member in the Greater New Orleans corps of 2008. She then taught in low-income communities in DC and as a volunteer in Honduras and Haiti. Rajwantie moved on to work with Social Impact, where she served as a Program Associate and managed several contracts focused on evaluating education, youth, or organizational management programs with USAID. Refocusing on education in urban settings, Rajwantie became the Director of Academics and Enrichment with the GO Project, where she worked with a team of elementary and middle school educators to develop curriculum, professional development. Rajwantie earned her M.Ed. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.
Marjorie B. Tiven is the founder of Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with cities worldwide to support global awareness among the next generation through cross-national interactive educational programs. From 2002 through 2013, she served as New York City Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, representing the City on issues with foreign governments and the United States government. During this time she also served as Treasurer and Managing Director of New York City Global Partners, Inc., which convened 11 policy summits in New York attended by high-level elected officials and policymakers from international cities. Ms. Tiven serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund and on the board of the United Nations Development Corporation and the Citizens Union of the City of New York. She received a Public Service Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council (2006) and a Leadership Award from Girl Scouts of Greater New York (2009). She holds a BA from Antioch College and MS from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Tara Welch works with the Global Scholars online global awareness program as part of the professional team. Prior to joining Global Cities, Tara worked as a Chicago Public Schools teacher for 14 years. In addition to teaching sixth grade, she was the coordinator of a new teacher induction program, a professional development provider and grant writer. Previously, she spent a year teaching English at an orphanage in central Mexico. Tara also designed, launched and managed her own professional organizing business. Tara holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from DePaul University, an M.P.A. from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Marquette University.
Megan Wilhelm manages the Global Scholars online global awareness program as part of the professional team for Global Cities, Inc. Before joining Global Cities, Megan was the Global Citizenship Education Officer for the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). In this role, Megan managed the implementation and expansion of Mission Possible, a global citizenship education program for high school students in Armenia, India, and Singapore. Megan is a Teacher For America alumna and taught first grade for two years in New Haven, CT. She received a U.S. Fulbright grant in 2012 to conduct social psychology research in Cyprus. Megan holds a Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in Psychology and Classics from Kenyon College.