Tess studies financial inclusion topics and supports several CFI programs, including CFI Research Fellows, Mainstreaming Financial Inclusion: Best Practices projects, and the HBS-Accion Program on Strategic Leadership in Inclusive Finance. Tess co-authored the report Accelerating Financial Inclusion with New Data, which explores how mainstream financial institutions are leveraging new and alternative data and data analytics tools to deepen financial inclusion. Tess is also an active contributor to the CFI Blog, and manages events and webinars to engage the broader industry . Tess joined CFI in September 2016.
Tess holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She conducted her capstone research on the protection and promotion of the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic, undertaking research with key stakeholders in Santo Domingo. While at SAIS, she worked at the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs on multilateral development bank policy and at the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. Tess received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Human Rights from the University of Connecticut.