The Executive Board

This sentence(s) will explain what the Executive Board is and what it’s function is here at MIIS.

President: Stephen Doolittle


Vice President: Laura Reid

Laura is a second-year student in the joint MBA and Master’s in International Policy & Development program. She is originally from Madison, Connecticut but received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a double major in Middle East Languages & Civilizations and Urban Studies. Laura has lived in both Egypt and Morocco to pursue her Arabic studies and particularly fell in love with Cairo. Prior to arriving in Monterey, Laura worked in Washington, DC at a grant making organization dedicated to supporting democracy worldwide, where she focused on Iraq and Yemen. Over Summer 2016, she rode plenty of roller coasters while working in marketing and strategic planning at Universal Orlando. She’s excited to be Student Council Vice President this year, especially as MIIS continues to evolve and grow!


Treasurer: Frances Hess

383822_10150480494343015_1261831013_n-2Frances is a second year student in the joint MBA and International Policy and Development program. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After graduating from JMU, Frances joined the Peace Corps and was a Community Health Volunteer in Namibia for two years. Prior to MIIS, she worked in Richmond, Virginia in the healthcare field both in the private and nonprofit sector. Frances is excited to take on the role of Treasurer for the 2016-2017 academic year and is happy to help any in-coming or continuing students in any way she can.


Secretary: Maria Prichard

Photo on 8-17-16 at 3.04 PMMaria is a second semester Master of Public Administration candidate. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Upon graduating from USC, she spent the next five years fundraising for different nonprofits serving high risk communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Through her work she experienced the complexity of problem solving within diverse, global communities, ultimately leading her to MIIS. Maria is particularly interested in poverty reduction in the US and abroad. Additionally, Maria is a yoga instructor and dog lover. You can find her taking daily walks with her dog Chile along the Rec. Trail or teaching yoga classes at the beach or Friendly Plaza through her community, the Monterey Sunchasers. Maria looks forward to another opportunity to engage with the MIIS community through student council.


WP_20160622_17_55_01_ProCommunications Director: Lindsay Smith

Lindsay is a second-year student in Translation and Localization Management (TLM), specializing in Russian. After getting her Bachelor’s in English from Notre Dame, she taught English in Russia for two years, then returned to the US to attend MIIS. She spent the summer interning in St. Petersburg, which is sort of a rainy, way more interesting version of Monterey, and has returned to serve as your Director of Communications.


Social Activities Director: Melissa Hewitt

11037585_3657310113853_3566901921048278628_oMelissa is a second year graduate student pursuing a degree in Public Administration. She claims to be from a few different places- St. Louis, Minnesota and Colorado. The path she has taken thus far is in large part due to her upbringing, which was full of volunteering and travel. She got her undergraduate degree in Social Work with a Spanish minor and briefly studied abroad in Barcelona. Immediately after graduating, Melissa joined the Peace Corps and served in the Philippines as a Youth Development Facilitator at a local NGO. Due to her experiences living in a developing country and experiencing humanitarian response first hand, she wanted to dive deep and study the world of development before pursing a career in the field. She is excited to be your Social Activities Director this semester and hopes you all start practicing your talents for this year’s Follies!