meet the staff
Anissa Bazari directs the Global Scholars digital exchange program created and operated by 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 taught 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 digital 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.
Colleen Khachatourians manages the Global Scholars digital exchange 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.
Alexandrea Logan assists in coordinating all elements of the education work of Global Cities, Inc. Alexandrea began her career as a Teach For America teacher and member in the 2010 South Louisiana corps. She taught high school Spanish and worked as an Operations Director for Teach For America's Delta Institute. Alexandrea then worked as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America-South Louisiana. She went on to be the Manager of Operations and Strategy for that region and served in a similar capacity for Teach For America's Buffalo region. Alexandrea received an M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, an M.S. from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and a B.S. in Finance and in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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 digital exchange program as part of the professional team for Global Cities, Inc. Rajwantie began her career as a high school teacher as a Teach For America corps member in the 2008 Greater New Orleans corps. She has taught middle school in DC and volunteered in Honduras and Haiti. Rajwantie moved on to work with Social Impact, where she served as a Program Associate and managed the evaluations of education and youth 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 academic and professional development programming. Rajwantie earned her Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.
Nina Sonenberg is senior communications specialist at Global Cities, Inc. She oversees external communications including digital and social media, produces and edits video and conference presentations, and works with the Global Scholars professional team and schools internationally to showcase global digital exchange as an important pathway to global citizenship. Prior to joining Global Cities, Nina was a communications officer at The Wallace Foundation. She draws on her academic training to present Global Cities research accurately; her experience as a scriptwriter for CBS News Productions to keep it fresh and fun; and her early experiences studying and working in France to know the magic of global education. Nina holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, where she taught writing.
Tara Welch works with the Global Scholars digital exchange 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 digital exchange 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.