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Welcome to IIE San Francisco

In 1952, the IIE San Francisco was established to provide academic advising and support services for a small group of Fulbright scholarship recipients attending universities in the Northwest region of the United States. Since then, IIE San Francisco has grown to design and manage a wide range of scholarship, training, and capacity building programs for foundations, corporations, the U.S. government, and foreign ministries around the world.

Technology opens borders. Educational and professional exchange opens minds.

As the Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, IIE San Francisco has developed programs designed to draw upon the expertise of the local community. Some programs connect social media experts and Silicon Valley businesses with local NGOs and technical women in India, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States. Other programs connect international scholars and emerging leaders to the local community through professional exchanges, school visits, and community service events. Through our diverse programs, IIE San Francisco remains a leading resource for increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis.

Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives

IIE San Francisco houses one of four global IIE Centers of Excellence – the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives. With significant expertise, capabilities and best practices on which to draw, the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI) develops and manages dynamic, innovative and substantive programming to cultivate and support women as leaders of change around the world.


The Institute of International Education is an independent, non-profit organization, serving as a leading resource for students, professionals, and institutions worldwide. The Institute partners with governments, international development agencies, foundations, universities and corporations, leveraging its international networks to collaborate on sustainable solutions for long-term development. We believe that peace and prosperity in the 21st century depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. As technology opens borders, educational and professional exchanges open minds.

Our goals are:

  • Building and connecting networks of global citizens;
  • Leveraging innovative partnerships to address global needs;
  • Investing in emerging and established leaders;
  • Expanding access to education and professional training.

ST-Trish-TierneyTrish Tierney 
Executive Director



ST-Madhavi-Bhasin Madhavi Bhasin
Program Officer, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives



Stacey ChappleStacey Chapple
Program Officer, Global Scholarship and Exchange Programs


Katie CourvoisierKatie Courvoisier
KAUST Gifted Student Program, Student Advisor



ST-Lexi-CurticeLexi Curtice
Program Coordinator, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives



ST-Naoko-DunniganNaoko Dunnigan
Director, Global Scholarship and Exchange Programs



ST-Patty-EspositoPatty Esposito
Senior Program Officer, Packard TAP



ST-Beth-GarriottBeth Garriott
Senior Program Officer, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives



ST-Julia-HendricksonJulia Hendrickson
Assistant Director, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives



ST-Tom-KoerberTom Koerber
Program Officer and Senior Student Advisor, Fulbright Services


ST-Mary-McKey    Mary Karam McKey
    Deputy Director

SH-Arezoo-MiotArezoo Miot
Senior Program Officer, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives



ST-Amy-ParenteAmy Parente
Program Officer, Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives 


Shannon Plath

Shannon Plath
Student Advisor, KAUST Gifted Student Program



SH-Heather-RamseyHeather Ramsey
Director, Strategic Partnerships



ST-Laurie-StevensLaurie Stevens
Assistant Director, Fulbright Services



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