Summary

• Experienced researcher and policy analyst with 3 years of experience demonstrating progressive responsibility and independence.

• Extensive background in project management, data analysis, production management, written and visual content creation, website management, event planning, and administration.

• Quadrilingual professional with a global outlook gained through study, work, research, and volunteer work in 6 different countries.

Education

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

Research Experience

 

Research Assistant

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

(Prof. Or Rabinowitz-Batz)

12/18 - present

Remote collaboration with Or Rabinowitz-Batz, PhD conducting archival research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Research topics included U.S.-Israel relations, India-Pakistan relations, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), AWACS, nuclear weapons, and the Jonathan Pollard espionage case.

Policy Analysis Intern

The Association for Forests, Development, and Conservation (Beirut, Lebanon)

07/18-08/18

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

09/17-05/18

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. 

Methodology: 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.

Conclusions: Found that despite remarkable efforts by the government of Oman, Jabal Akhdar demonstrates that there are limits to our ability to mitigate climate change. Concluded that technology, urbanization and the decline of the agricultural sector as a result of climate change is altering social structures and economic practices in Oman, threatening the survival of the aflaj irrigation systems and the socio-economic heritage they represent.


Research Assistant 

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

01/18-05/18

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.

Content Development and Production Experience


Independent Writing Consultant/Presentation Coach

12/14-12/15

Coached PhD candidates on presentation skills for PhD defense presentations and writing skills for academic publications (Mechanical and Civil Engineering).

 

Producer

"Many Nations, One World" documentary film festival and speaker series at College of Marin

08/14-12/14

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).

Media Assistant

Impro Theater Company

03/12-12/13

Maintained the Impro Theater Company website and newsletter with current information, generated written content and graphics. 

Producer

An (Improvised) Arabian Nights theater production

02/09-08/09

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. 

Founder/Director

Double Entendre Improv  theater company

09/08-09/09

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.

Client Services Specialist

Reliance Capital Advisors

08/06-07/07

Designed and managed the company website, served as liaison between clients and asset management firms, guided clients through capital management operations, drafted and implemented a client experience model.

Web Operations Auditor

Progressive Corporation

08/05-05/06

Reported bi-weekly on static company website performance, affiliate compliance, internet security, brand infringement issues, online services, proofread Spanish website. 

Instruction/Student Leadership Experience

 

President

The Model U.N. Club at College of Marin

08/14-12/14

Fundraised, networked with regional Model UN associations, participated in Model UN Conferences, organized club trips to attend speakers/conferences, chaired club meetings (12 people).

Performer/Facilitator

Bay Area Young Audiences

01/08-01/09

Performed and facilitated theatrical improvisation workshops for students K-12th grade students.

Teaching Assistant

BATS Improv 

01/08-01/09

Served as TA for adult classes in theatrical improvisation at various levels of training.

Teaching Assistant

Sarah Lawrence College Outreach Programs

09/03-05/04

Co-led creative writing and theater workshops for 3rd-12th grade students.

Teaching Assistant

UC  Irvine Humanities Out There (HOT) Outreach Education Programs

01/02-12/02

Co-led literature, history, and creative writing workshops for 4th-9th grade students.

Counselor-in-Training

Point Reyes Outdoor Education Summer Camp

07/99-08/99

Supervised and mentored 2nd-9th grade students at an overnight environmental education program.

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Skills

General

Analytical Writing, Research Methods (Interviews, Participant Observation, Questionnaire/Survey Design), Archival Research, Project Management, Negotiation, Advocacy, Event Planning, Grantwriting, Production Management, RED Team Analysis

Technical

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

Languages

Arabic (Advanced), Farsi (Advanced Low), Spanish (Advanced Low), Hebrew (Basic)

Professional Presentations

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.

International Experience

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)

Hobbies

Hiking/Backpacking, Improvisational Theater, Photography, Filmmaking, Gardening, Piano, Board Games

Background Image Source: Orginal image taken by Mikaela Bennett