Tucker's ability to problem-solve has been a central part of GRM’s response in Mexico and Central America.
Tucker began working at the US/Mexico border in 2018 helping start Team Brownsville, where he cooked and walked food and supplies to the first wave of Asylum Seekers in Matamoros. In 2019 he co-founded Resource Center Matamoros and worked as camp manager in the Matamoros refugee camp where he met weekly with migrant delegations to build out community-based solutions to the problems within the camp. Throughout 2019 he volunteered with Proyecto Corazón to help asylum seekers navigate the legal system and process legal documents for court during the first MPP.
Tucker began his tenure with GRM as a logistician in Matamoros, where he devised a multi-person sink that has now been adopted by UNHCR, implemented SPHERE standards for WASH, and created a sanitation program to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the Matamoros refugee camp that has been replicated in other communities around the globe.
From there, Tucker took on the role of Project Manager in Reynosa, where more than 6,000 people are stranded between a makeshift outdoor encampment and several shelters. Since starting the project there is now a team of local Doctors, in-house psych care, an in-house prenatal care program, a robust referral system built in partnership with the TAM health department, and a dedicated follow-up care system in place.
Tucker leads GRM's Reynosa medical response - overseeing security protocols, volunteer physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as local partners - to deliver evidence-based care at all sites daily. Tucker is hands-down one of the most impactful members of GRM's team. He embodies selfless service at all times and brings a spirit of compassion and enthusiasm even on the most difficult of days.