Dr. Amy Sands is the executive director for research centers and initiatives at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In this role, Amy works to align our research centers and initiative’s activities with the strategic priorities of the Institute and the larger Middlebury enterprise, advising the centers on governance issues and advancement strategies, and coordinating with Institute leadership and Middlebury colleagues in pursuit of these objectives. She also oversees the Institute’s Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs).
Prior to her current position, Amy served for eight years as the provost of the Institute, two and a half years as the dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies, and seven years as the deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. From August 1994 to June 1996, she was assistant director of the Intelligence, Verification, and Information Management Bureau at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Upon leaving the government, Dr. Sands received ACDA's Distinguished Honor Award and the On-Site Inspection Agency's Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. Before joining ACDA, she led the Proliferation Assessments Section of Z Division (Intelligence) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security (WIIS) and was appointed in August 2014 to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.