About Us

The Country Global Citizenship Report Card Project is being implemented by a consortium of organizations including The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

 

tgci-logo The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI)

TGCI was founded in 2010 by a group of experienced international development professionals concerned about the lack of attention being given to  promoting collaborative global efforts to solve world problems. TGCI is an international  non-profit (US registered 501 C 3) organization with members in 73 countries. It provides global citizenship education and leadership training for its members, and organizes cross-country efforts that address  global issues such as  good governance, the delivery of healthcare and educational services, and global digital connectivity. Support for TGCI activities has come from the US State Department, Reebok International, Making All Voices Count, the World Justice Project, Cook Pine Capital, and individual donors.

MIISlogo-new Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey prepares innovative development, policy, business, and nonprofit professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments.  With an emphasis on immersive and experiential learning, a faculty that engages in practical social and policy change work outside the classroom, and an emphasis on practical professional skills it aims to develop emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and language divides to produce sustainable, equitable solutions to global challenges. Monterey Institute learners are problem solvers, collaboration and process masters, who build sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through an interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.

 

Staff

Project Director – Ron Israel has more than twenty-five years experience in developing and managing global development projects with organizations such as the UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. His work has taken him to more than forty countries in every region of the world. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Global Citizens’ Initiative. Mr. Israel is also the author of the book Global Citizenship: A Path to Building Identity and Community in a Globalized World.

Research Director – Kent Glenzer, Ph.D. worked in and with international NGOs for twenty-five years on questions of civil society, rights-based approaches, sustainable development, and good governance mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. He is now Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where he focuses on organizational behavior, program evaluation, and policy advocacy.

Senior Technical Advisor – Caitlin Alcorn earned a B.S. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. While earning her undergraduate degree, Caitlin studied abroad in Nicaragua and Brazil, focusing on development policy and Portuguese language. After serving a year with AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland, Caitlin earned a Master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Her studies focused on labor rights and policy, feminist theory, and paid and unpaid care work. She currently works as a Research Associate at the Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library at Clark University.

Senior Data Analyst – Ryan Bartlett earned a M.A. in Global Development Policy with a concentration in Governance and Political Economy from the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Anselm College.  As part of his Master’s capstone project, he was a member of a team that produced a report on food security policy in Malawi for Oxfam America.  Most recently, he served as a Research Associate at University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Governance and Sustainability where he conducted research on international environmental governance.

Senior Data Analyst – Michelle Enriquez Killingsworth holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Policy and Program Evaluation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. She has worked as a Program Evaluation consultant for community development organizations in the Los Angeles area.  Michelle also has international experience as an NSEP Boren Scholar (Russia), Russian language news analyst, and Peace Corps Volunteer (Albania).

Project Analyst – Louise Michelle Vital, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education doctoral program at Michigan State University.  Her degree is complemented by a Graduate Certificate in International Development.  Her dissertation research included a one-month stay in Haiti where she examined issues of university access and persistence in the Haitian higher education system.  In 2012, she was a member of a consultancy team that evaluated the range of services of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Broadly, Michelle’s research addresses the intersection of education and international development and scholar/practitioner preparation for international work.  Michelle served as a Teaching Assistant and Mentor for TCGI’s Leadership course in 2015 and is currently a Project Coordinator and Lead Analyst for the TGCI’s Country Global Citizenship Report Card team.  She is also a volunteer Project Manager with 1Room, an innovative model for delivering affordable secondary schooling in developing countries using personalized learning technologies and digital content.