THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Language Training Center Program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office. IIE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange among nations. By enabling more than 18,000 outstanding men and women each year to study, conduct research, receive practical training, or provide technical assistance outside their own countries, IIE fosters mutual understanding, builds global problem solving capabilities, and strengthens the international competence of U.S. citizens.
Dr. Leah Mason (Assistant Director) – Dr. Mason began working with the Institute of International Education in 2010, serving as a research officer for the National Security Education Program funded programs at the Institute of International Education, where she authored the report, Leveraging Language and Cultural Education and U.S. Higher Education Programs, on how the Department of Defense could better leverage higher education language and culture programs. She also managed a series of related institutional grants, and otherwise supported the Boren Scholarships, the Boren Fellowships, The Language Flagship, Project Global Officer, and the Language Training Centers programs. Prior to joining the Institute of International Education, Dr. Mason earned her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development.
Ms. Lydia Hamilton (Program Officer) – Ms. Hamilton joined the Institute of International Education on the Project GO and Language Training Center Program team in 2015. Prior to joining the Institute, she completed an Alfa Fellowship at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She previously worked as a Program Manager at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Lydia holds a Masters of Arts in Regional Studies – Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe from Columbia University and a BA in Slavic Studies from Brown University.
Mr. Perry D’Amelio (Program Officer) – Mr. D’Amelio joined the Institute of International Education in 2015, as a Program Associate for the KAUST Gifted Student Program. He joined the Project GO and Language Training Center team as a Program Officer in March 2016. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked as a Program Manager for the Global Language Network. He has also served for two years in the Americorps program City Year, mentoring youth in Washington, DC public schools. Mr. D’Amelio holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, with concentrations in International Development, International Politics, and European and Eurasian Studies.
Ms. Lauren Kardos (Program Officer) – Ms. Kardos joined the Institute of International Education in July 2016. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked since 2011 within AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs department to bring U.S. university students on study abroad programs to the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. Kardos holds a BA in International Affairs and Middle East Studies from The George Washington University. Currently pursuing part-time graduate studies, she plans to complete her Master of Arts degree in International Education from The George Washington University by the winter of 2017.