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.
President: Erin Kelly-Weber
Erin is a second year International Education Management and Public Administration dual masters degree candidate, with Spanish as her language of study. She grew up in New Jersey, but later moved to Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Anthropology, International Studies and Spanish at Northwestern University. Upon graduating, Erin worked for Greenheart International, a nonprofit organization that facilitates cultural exchange programs, where she worked on the J-1 secondary school program, managing international high school students during their exchange year in the U.S. Like many MIIS students, Erin has spent time living and traveling abroad, and is passionate about connecting people from different cultures to build mutual understanding. Erin served as the Student Council Program Representative for the International Education Management program last year. She is honored and excited to continue to serve the MIIS community as Student Council President for the 2018-19 school year.
Vice President: Chelsea Segal
Chelsea is a second year MPA candidate, and is pursuing a Intercultural Competence specialization. She grew up in Miami, Florida before heading to the Midwest for her undergraduate studies at The University of Michigan- Go Blue! After graduation, Chelsea joined the Peace Corps as a Teaching English, Leadership and Life Skills volunteer in Panama. She enjoyed her time so much that she extended as a Regional Coordinator for her third year. During her third year, Chelsea realized that she wanted to continue studying and found MIIS, which was the perfect fit for her. MIIS is full of inspirational students doing incredible work locally, nationally and internationally. Her passion lies between working with incarcerated youth and working with youth abroad. She ultimately looks forward to seeing where those passions take her after graduation. Chelsea served as the Development Practice and Policy program representative on Student Council last year and is thrilled to be taking on the role of Vice President and representing the student body for the 2018-2019 school year.
Treasurer: Taryn Kearns
Taryn Kearns is a second-year Public Administration candidate, specializing in Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security as well as Arabic language. She grew up in Campbell, CA and earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College, during which time she also studied in Morocco. Before coming to MIIS, Taryn served for two years as an AmeriCorps member in the Silicon Valley, working on issues of K-5 literacy, volunteer coordination, and community engagement. She also interned and volunteered for several refugee-centered organizations in the Bay Area. Taryn is excited to represent the interests of the MIIS community as Student Council Treasurer for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Social Activities Director: Melody Jensen
Melody is a second year MBA/M.A. International Policy and Development candidate with a focus on Social Enterprise and Finance. She is passionate about using business and investment capital as tools for creating lasting social and environmental change. Prior to coming to MIIS, Melody was a Peace Corps Volunteer working on economic development in internally displaced communities in the Republic of Georgia. She graduated from Utah State University with degrees in International Business and Economics. As a native of Utah, she loves hiking and mountains, but is adapting well to temperate, seaside Monterey. Melody is committed to a work hard, play hard life strategy, and promises to bring the best events to the MIIS community as the Social Activities Director.
Secretary: Megan Magleby
Megan is a second year joint BA / MA degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies candidate. She grew up in the Silicon Valley and has developed a passion for international security while working and volunteering in the Middle East. Megan served as Secretary during the spring 2018 semester on Student council and looks forward to continuing her support of the MIIS community for the year ahead.
Communications Director: Vacant
GSIPM Senator: Vacant
GSTILE Senator: Vacant
Program representatives will take their seats after fall elections, which open on September 12 and close on September 14.
Development Practice and Policy (IPD and MPA)
International Education Management
International Environmental Policy
International Trade and Economic Diplomacy
MBA in Global Impact Management
Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
TESOL / Teaching a Foreign Language
Translation and Interpretation (T/TI/CI)
Translation and Localization Management