• Experienced researcher, policy analyst, and program analyst.
• Extensive background in project and program management, data analysis, production management, written and visual content creation, and website management.
M.A. Middle East Studies;
Specialization in Science and Technology
George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
B.A. Liberal Arts;
Concentrations in Theater, Spanish, Creative Writing
Sarah Lawrence College
Presidential Management Fellow
U.S. Department of State
08/2011 - present
Research Programs Coordinator
Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Middle East Initiative
03/2020 - 07/2021
Coordinated and implemented research programs, including: research-related logistics, fellowships, grants, scholarships, donor reports, events, marketing materials (interviews for publication, written articles, editing policy briefs and working papers, producing video content, flyers, and e-mail blasts), website management, surveys, and coordinating intern projects.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
12/18 - 12/19
Remote collaboration with Prof. Or Rabinowitz-Batz, PhD conducting archival research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Policy Analysis Associate
The Association for Forests, Development, and Conservation (AFDC)
Analyzed and updated Lebanon's National Forest Fire Management Policy, verified data gathered by Lebanon's Security Forces, reconciled the National Forest Fire Management Policy with current legislation under consideration, identified policy areas for future development, interviewed with Lebanese government officials to track progress on National Forest Fire Management Policy targets.
M.A. Thesis Research
The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
Analyzed the relationship between socio-political change and technological adaptation to climate change-induced water scarcity in Oman. Using Jabal Akhdar as a case-study, applied a political ecology framework in order to analyze the physical restructuring of water in Oman and how this is altering social and economic arrangements. Reviewed of relevant literature (political ecology, environmental science, political economy, international relations, history, anthropology); Interviewed relevant Omani government ministries, research institutes, semi-public utilities, and water management officials; Conducted site visits to Jabal Akhdar in Oman.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Researched topics related to the Egyptian revolution and Kurdish affairs, proofread/edited/critiqued book manuscript, checked end note references, compiled bibliographies, wrote literature reviews, conducted online archival research, summarized research materials.
Independent Writing Consultant/Presentation Coach
Coached PhD candidates on presentation skills for PhD defense presentations and writing skills for academic publications (Mechanical and Civil Engineering).
"Many Nations, One World" documentary film festival and speaker series at College of Marin
Planned and produced a documentary film festival with bi-weekly screenings on international topics, led a support team of 9 people, coordinated bi-weekly guest speakers, moderated open discussion sessions, generated publicity graphics and marketing strategy, arranged festival logistics (space, equipment, refreshments, signage).
Impro Theater Company
Maintained the Impro Theater Company website and newsletter with current information, generated written content and graphics.
An (Improvised) Arabian Nights theater production
Produced shows in collaboration with Zawaya, a non-profit organization to promote multicultural discourse and Arab arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Responsibilities included: project management, team management (20 people), sponsorship partner acquisition, marketing strategy and design, set and lighting design.
Double Entendre Improv theater company
Founded and directed a theater ensemble (8 people), produced regular shows, managed company finances, created marketing content, developed advertising strategy, formulated company policy and operating practices, and coordinated production affairs, staffing, and team building.
Instruction/Student Leadership Experience
The Model U.N. Club at College of Marin
Fundraised, networked with regional Model UN associations, participated in Model UN Conferences, organized club trips to attend speakers/conferences, chaired club meetings (12 people).
Bay Area Young Audiences
Performed and facilitated theatrical improvisation workshops for students K-12th grade students.
Served as TA for adult classes in theatrical improvisation at various levels of training.
Sarah Lawrence College Outreach Programs
Co-led creative writing and theater workshops for 3rd-12th grade students.
UC Irvine Humanities Out There (HOT) Outreach Education Programs
Co-led literature, history, and creative writing workshops for 4th-9th grade students.
Point Reyes Outdoor Education Summer Camp
Supervised and mentored 2nd-9th grade students at an overnight environmental education program.
Analytical Writing, Research Methods (Interviews, Participant Observation, Questionnaire/Survey Design), Archival Research, Project Management, Negotiation, Advocacy, Event Planning, Grantwriting, Production Management, RED Team Analysis
ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, CMS (Wordpress, Wix), Basic HTML, Adobe Acrobat, Website Management, Database Management, MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint/Outlook, Social Media, Quickbooks, Lotus WordPro/Note, Qualtrics
Arabic (Advanced), Farsi (Intermediate), Spanish (Advanced Low), Hebrew (Basic)
Bennett, M. & Kaye, J. (2018). Desalination and Climate: How the Restructuring of Water is Shaping Oman. Presentation at the annual Middle East Dialogue conference at Policy Studies Organization, Washington D.C.
Professional Travel: Lebanon, Oman, Jordan, Chile, Costa Rica, England
Personal Travel: Israel, Peru, Argentina, Canada
Awards & Scholarships
2020 - Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Finalist - Class of 2020
2019 - Presidential Management Fellow(PMF) Finalist - Class of 2019
2018 - Aramex Fellowship/Stipend - Elliott School Institute for Middle East Studies ($6,000)
2018 - Middle East Studies Capstone Award - Elliott School Institute for Middle East Studies ($1,000)
2017 - IMES Summer Language Grant - Elliott School Institute for Middle East Studies (awarded $5,000)
2017 - FLAS Summer Fellowship for Middle East Languages - Elliott School Institute for Middle East Studies ($9,500)
2016 - Robert R. Banville Endowment Scholarship - Elliott School Institute for Middle East Studies ($6,760)
2016 - Graduate Fellowship - The Elliott School of International Affairs ($10,000)
2016 - Dean's Merit Scholar - USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (awarded full scholarship)
Hiking/Backpacking, Improvisational Theater, Photography, Filmmaking, Gardening, Piano, Board Games