The Student Council composed of students from all degree programs and serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Institute, acting as a voice for students in communication with faculty and staff.

For a full description of responsibilities and roles, please visit the Student Council Constitution.

Executive Council

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President: Madeleine Smith, 

Madeleine Smith is a joint BA/MPA student. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is incredibly passionate about community organization, social justice initiatives and policy. Her focus while at the Institute is Monitoring, Evaluation & Design, which she hopes to utilize in order to work on domestic issues such as homelessness rights and housing advocacy. Having spent the majority of her work experience engaging with stakeholders, she is committed to community led approaches towards social change.

When Madeleine is not working on her studies, she is involved in her local community, gardening, or working on her personal podcast (Mad Curious).  

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Vice President: Lincoln Ngaboyisonga,

Lincoln is a second year student pursuing the Joint International Policy and Development - International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (IPD-ITED) degree. Prior to joining MIIS, Lincoln lived in Oklahoma City, OK, where he spent his time between working and volunteering for various non-profit organizations and being a student at the Oklahoma Christian University, where he graduated with a BS in Public Communication and Leadership with a minor in Business.

In his spare time, Lincoln enjoys travelling, reading and visiting his friends and family in Rwanda. He looks forward to serving you as student Council Vice President this academic year.

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Treasurer: Benjamin Mattern,

Ben is a third-semester Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies student with Russian as his language of study. He currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and recently became a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated with a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Lehigh University. After graduation he moved to Colorado to teach snowboarding, fulfilling a lifelong dream, and then to Moscow where he worked for tech startup. Just before coming to MIIS, Ben directed sales and partnerships for that company in New York City.

Now in Monterey, Ben loves to hike, bike, swim and read Russian spy novels. He is excited to serve as your Treasurer for the upcoming academic year.

Vacant Positions and Upcoming Elections

The following positions are currently vacant for the 2020-21 academic year. Positions descriptions may be found in the Student Council Constitution. Nominations for these positions will open in late August; elections will occur in early September. Full details available on the Student Council Happenings page.

  • Logistics and Operations Coordinator (formerly Secretary)
  • Community Engagement Officer (formerly Social Activities Director)
  • Health & Wellness Director
  • Communications Director (emcompasses Communications Director and the role formerly known as Historian)
  • Middlebury Collaboration Manager
  • All program representative roles - IPD/MPA, IEM, IEP, ITED, NPTS, TESOL/TFL, TI, TLM