Meet the Learning Tours Staff

Meet the Learning Tours Staff

The learning tours staff



Robert Roche is the Director of Learning Tours where he oversees the program -- trip management, recruitment and follow-up events for high-level delegates. Having lived and worked in Africa for 18+ years, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on international development, especially on African affairs.  

Before joining CARE, Robert was Program Director for Coming to the Table at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Prior to his work with Coming to the Table, he served as technical advisor for Fambul Tok International, as program manager for Catalysts for Peace and as project assistant for Catholic Relief Services.  

Robert has a M.A. from the Center of Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.  



Kamille Gardner serves as the Program Officer for CARE’s Learning Tours team, supporting on trip recruitment, trip logistics and execution, communications and monitoring and evaluation. Kamille has worked with CARE in various capacities within its Policy and Advocacy Unit since 2012.   

Prior to her time at CARE, Kamille was living in Panama and working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO), where she conducted a systematic review on gender mainstreaming in the health sector in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Kamille also worked previously as a project assistant at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) focusing on the Southern and East Africa region. 

Kamille holds a B.A in International Development and Latin American studies from American University, and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  



Rachel Locklear Hall serves as the Program Manager for CARE’s Learning Tours program, focused primarily on recruitment, trip advance support, trip planning and execution, and communications. Based in Washington, DC, Rachel works in CARE’s Policy and Advocacy Unit to cultivate Congressional champions for improved policies and increased action on CARE’s priority issues, such as maternal health, food and nutrition security and humanitarian assistance.  

Prior to joining CARE, Rachel worked on Capitol Hill for 3 years as a Legislative Fellow, Legislative Assistant, and Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). Rachel also worked for 2 years as a kindergarten teacher at an all-girls charter school for low-income students in Brooklyn, N.Y. and for 1.5 years as an undergraduate writing professor at George Washington University.  Rachel received her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Georgetown University, her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and her M.A. in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from the George Washington University.   Rachel currently lives in D.C. where she enjoys playing soccer, participating in a feminist theory book club, and volunteers for the D.C. Domestic Violence Intake Center.  



Shanique Streete is a Program Manager with CARE’s Learning Tours team. In this capacity, she supports the project planning and trip implementation process for each Learning Tour, as well as, leads CARE’s Learning Tour alumni engagement efforts. Prior to her position at CARE, she worked at with Washington, D.C. national programming agencies where she provided program management support to the design and implementation of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the department’s premier professional exchange program for current and emerging foreign leaders. Shanique has worked as a Staff Assistant/Legislative Analyst at Women’s Policy, Inc. and as a fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center where she completed placements at D.C. Hunger Solutions and the National Women’s Law Center. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University in English and Women’s Studies and an M.A. in African Studies from UCLA. 



Yael Shapira is a Program Manager for CARE's Learning Tours program. Specifically, she manages the European Study Tours, an extension of the program that takes European members of parliament on tours of developing countries. In close collaboration with CARE France, CARE Germany-Luxembourg, and CARE International in Brussels, Yael supports CARE's advocacy efforts on issues such as gender equality, climate change, humanitarian aid, and food security. 

Yael started her career in international development as a student intern at CARE, both at the Secretariat in Geneva and in Niger. In the years since, she has managed projects aimed to empower, educate, and train marginalized populations in Ethiopia, India, Israel, Rwanda, and the US.  

Yael earned a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and a M.A. in International Education and Development from the George Washington University. Her graduate research focused on providing equal access to education in conflict and post-conflict environments. Yael was born and raised in Jerusalem and is based in Washington, DC.