CIEE Names Meghann Curtis Executive Vice President of International Exchange Programs
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange today announced Meghann Curtis as its new executive vice president of International Exchange Programs.
Ms. Curtis comes to CIEE from the U.S. Department of State, where she served as deputy assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs, overseeing all academic programs operating across 170 countries, including the Fulbright Program, EducationUSA, and all English-language programs. Previously, she was senior advisor on international development policy and strategy to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this position, she built on several other advisory and program management positions at the Department of State.
In her new position, Ms. Curtis will be responsible for leading CIEE’s inbound international exchange programs, including the J-1 visa exchange visitor programs, F-1 visa high school programs, CIEE’s international operations in Tokyo and Taipei, and CIEE’s participant services unit, located in Portland, Maine. Ms. Curtis will also open CIEE’s first Washington, D.C. office, where she will serve as CIEE’s primary liaison to its partners at the U.S. Department of State, with Congress, and at the White House.
“Meghann’s breadth of global program management experience coupled with her passion for the work make her well suited to support CIEE’s 70-year-old mission: to build the skills, knowledge, and competencies for participants to contribute in meaningful ways to today’s biggest international economic, social, and diplomatic challenges,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “We are delighted she will bring those skills and experiences to CIEE.”
Each year, CIEE’s international exchange programs help more than 30,000 international students visit the United States and support thousands of other students who participate in programs around the world.
Ms. Curtis has deep direct experience in global development and education beyond her tenure at the U.S. Department of State, having held positions as a rural economic development specialist in Malawi for the William J. Clinton Foundation and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship for public policy leaders in federal government, among many other awards and scholarships earned during her career. Ms. Curtis has led scores of delegations to dozens of countries to advance public diplomacy and mutual understanding. She also is an alumna of CIEE, having participated in an international service program in the Czech Republic while in college.
Ms. Curtis holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.