Tess received a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations in 2006 and is currently completing a D.Phil. at Oxford University where she studied for three years on a Rhodes Scholarship.
Tess also worked with the Global Economic Governance Programme in Oxford as a research coordinator and was Associate Managing Editor of the Oxford International Review.
Prior to attending Oxford, Tess worked at the World Bank Inspection Panel - an accountability mechanism established to conduct independent investigations when communities allege they have been harmed by Bank-funded projects.
She graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with Distinction in Human Biology, an interdisciplinary program combining natural and social sciences.
is a 2002 Truman Scholar, received a Dean's Award for Academic Accomplishment, and is a 2003 John Gardner Fellow.
In 2000, she
a la Salud Comunitaria, a non-profit organization that conducts community development, food security , and women's health programs in Oaxaca, Mexico.
As a Root-Tilden-Kern and IILJ Scholar at NYU Law School
has continued working on accountability of international institutions.
has presented findings and recommendations from her
D.Phil. to U.S. Congressional staff, World Bank Executive Directors, and civil society groups, and is assisting in drafting related legislation.
In Summer 2008, Tess was a law clerk for the Senate Judiciary Committee, working for the Chief Counsel on Senator Dianne Feinstein's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security.