Sarah Percoulis: Empowering Youth in "the D"

Three years ago in the small Michigan farm town of Albion...

"So your majors are Political Science and French. should check out this grad school out west...called Monterey somethingorother." My college academic advisor would never know the impact that she has made on my life with that statement. That night I spent hours on the computer searching for this "Monterey" school, and the rest is history.


Detroit, MI
United States
42° 19' 53.1372" N, 83° 2' 44.7144" W

Alumna Kathryn Ries Awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Work at NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded Institute alumna Kathryn Ries (MPA ’86) the highest honor given to NOAA professionals. Ries was awarded the NOAA’s Bronze Medal for her leadership in building hydrographic capacity in Central America to support navigation safety, economic growth and protection of the marine environment.

Molly Ammons: Bridging Divides Towards Refugee Resettlement

Before pursuing a graduate degree, Molly Ammons (MPA '09) worked for a refugee resettlement agency, helping displaced families adapt to life in the United States:


Albia, IA
United States
41° 1' 36.03" N, 92° 48' 20.7036" W

Jamie Langlie MPA ’91, Alumni Donor

Jamie Langlie MPA '91 (right) with Elizabeth Anderson
Jamie Langlie MPA '91, pictured at right wearing the gray blazer with Elizabeth Anderson MBA '91, shares her thoughts and memories of the Monterey Institute.
1) Why do you give to MIIS?

Kate Balzer: A Passion for Community Development

Kate Balzer (MPA '09) discovers her path to a career in community development:

I worked for non-profit dance and theater companies after college, even though my degree focused on international studies. After a few years, I wanted to do something else - even if I didn't know what.


21° 32' 7.8" S, 64° 43' 46.56" W

Professor Jinhuei Dai: Designing a New Language Learning Model

Professor Jinhuei Dai is a pioneer of innovative teaching and learning strategies. She advocates a "sustainable model" for teaching the Chinese language to policy students from a wide range of language levels and academic interests. By emphasizing individualization, the personal experience of learning, Professor Dai's students cultivate their language abilities.


Monterey, CA
United States
36° 35' 57.3612" N, 121° 53' 47.6196" W

Abate Mengesha: Meet a Yellow Ribbon Veteran

Retired US Navy serviceman Abate Mengesha (MPA '11) is very special Yellow Ribbon veteran. Born in Ethiopia, he served with the United Nations' High Commision on Human Rights in Sudan. Later, he immigrated to the US, joined the Navy, and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been rewarded for his community service and is currently working on a Master's in Public Administration. Thanks to the Veterans Administration and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, his tuition is completely covered. In this interview.


Addis Ababa
9° 1' 59.988" N, 38° 42' 0" E

David Reichbaum: Sustainable Community Development in Peru

Last summer, David Reichbaum (MPA '09) interned for ProWorld in the Cusco region of Peru. ProWorld provides health, education, and environmental services to developing communities.


13° 19' 12.504" S, 72° 7' 11.1036" W

Justin Maniar, DPMI Plus Participant

1. Tell us about yourself.
DPMI Justin Maniar

Lynn McDonald: Returning to Chile after Mastering Spanish

I struggled at first, started taking Spanish classes and benefited from good friendships with kind people. While these friendships helped me communicate during my two months abroad, people mostly smiled at my childish mistakes and dealt with my butchering of their language.


33° 3' 16.9776" S, 71° 37' 31.3176" W