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.
Lawrence G. Mason (Senior Project Manager) - As Senior Project Manager for DoD programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE) Mr. Mason serves as the team lead for Project Global Officer (GO) and Language Training Center (LTC) programs in addition to working across the suite of DoD programs at IIE to support programmatic best practices specific to international programing. In his over ten years with the Institute, he has served in multiple team leadership and program management roles spanning scholarly exchange to international development initiatives. From 2014 – 2017, he was Assistant Director for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs at IIE where he responsible for program and team management for the core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Junior Faculty Development Programs, and the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Other IIE management roles have supported the MENA Judicial Exchange Project for Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI); the USDA-sponsored Leadership Training Initiative for the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock; the U.S. - Japan Fulbright Teacher Exchange for Education for Sustainable Development; and the USAID sponsored Egypt Development Training II Project. Outside IIE he successfully launched and directed a U.S. Department of State J-1 designated sponsor organization and worked within the Investment Management Division of the World Bank prior to joining IIE. Mr. Mason is a graduate University of California Santa Barbara with BA in Political Science/International Relations and a minor in Global Peace and Security Studies and has studied abroad in Spain and France.
Brian Cooke (Program Officer) - Brian Cooke previously served as Program Coordinator for Project GO in 2009-2010. Following his initial time at IIE, Brian worked in several DoD program support and non-profit management roles, including most recently as Vice President, Operations and Strategy, at The Manufacturing Institute. From 2013 to 2017, Brian served as Chief of Staff and later as Executive Director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families. Prior to that, Brian was a Senior Policy Analyst at The Charles Group, a government affairs consultancy, specializing in national security policy and DoD management issues. From 2005-2008, Brian served on active duty as a US Army Field Artillery officer. He was deployed during this time to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader and staff officer in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Brian is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Politics and studied Russian. Brian also holds an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, earning honors for his thesis, “The United States Army and Counterinsurgency: History, Culture, Application, and Institutionalization.” Originally from Freehold, New Jersey, Brian has lived in Washington, DC since 2009.
Jonathan McGonagle (Program Officer) - Prior to joining IIE, Jonathan worked in a variety of capacities in the DC area resettling refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders at local offices and in program oversight at two national resettlement agencies. His most recent role was as Program Officer at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants overseeing a refugee family strengthening program. During his undergraduate career, he taught English to students at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea remotely. He received a BA in International Relations and Ethics & Public Policy. He participated in two French immersion exchanges during his secondary education in Lyon, France and studied abroad in Morocco as an undergraduate at the Arabic Language Institute of Fez (ALIF).
Kayla Springer (Program Officer) - Kayla Springer originally joined IIE in 2017 as an outreach & selection coordinator where she assisted with the support of outreach and application components for Project GO, Boren Awards and EHLS. Before rejoining the DoD program team at IIE, Kayla worked as the outreach and digital communications manager on the team managing the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Prior to IIE, Kayla worked at the George Washington School of Business, within the Global and Experiential Education program, as a program assistant providing key areas of programmatic and student support for international exchange opportunities. Kayla received her MA degree in International Education from George Washington University, where she focused her studies on diversity, mental health, and equity in study abroad. She is also a graduate of Susquehanna University where she received a BS in Psychology. Kayla studied abroad in Italy while an undergraduate student and taught English in Chile for a year following her graduation.
Meredith Schumacher (Program Specialist) - In the role of Program Specialist for the Project Global Officer (GO) and Language Training Center (LTC) programs at IIE, Ms. Schumacher supports the management and administration of the Project GO Central Application system at and best practices for application and selection activities. She also works extensively across both programs on the collection, analysis, and reporting of programmatic data. Prior to joining IIE she worked as a Senior Program Officer on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at IREX. Ms. Schumacher has over 20 years of experience working in international education and development programs, and received a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.