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by Dara Songye

Tessa Kaneene on Constructing Civic Empowerment


Tessa Kaneene currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Throughout her career, Tessa's work has focused on the design of innovative programs, projects and policies rooted in social justice.

She is a global trailblazer, having worked in urban policy in Europe, throughout the United States, and in South America – specifically for the Cities of Barcelona, Spain — Detroit, Michigan — San Francisco, California – and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tessa’s contributions have equally forged new paradigms in United States history by her having additionally served on Barack Obama’s Senate and Presidential campaigns, and most recently in her completed role as Deputy Director of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Campaign for President.

As of Spring 2021, Tessa is also a newly minted Leadership Council member for the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, under the Biden Administration's U.S. Department of State. As a Council Member, she will partner with 180 international heads of state, and thousands of Meridian Center program alumni – artists and leaders worldwide, collectively committed to using the power of the arts to break barriers, create cultural understanding across borders, and collaborate globally to resolve today's most challenging issues.

Tessa holds a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture, from Princeton University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, from Harvard University.

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Episode 12

by Dara Songye