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Deena Mansour

Interim Executive Director


Personal Summary

Since 2010, Deena has successfully brought $12 million in funding to the Mansfield Center, largely from the U.S. Department of State.  These grants have supported the international exchange programs of more than 1,000 Montana and international students and professionals.  She has served as a consultant for the State Department throughout mainland southeast Asia, and has lectured at a number of foreign universities, including Chiang Mai University, the National University of Laos, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and Jilin University. She is currently teaching a freshman seminar for the Global Leadership Initiative on Public Diplomacy. While her programmatic focus largely draws on her expertise in Asia, she develops leadership programs across the globe, from the Women’s Leadership Initiative here at UM to sports diplomacy programs for marginalized populations in Latin America.  Deena’s vision for the Center includes the support of UM enrollment and internationalization goals by expanding programming across Montana, especially in secondary education; supporting international student recruitment; and expanding outreach on the ethical imperatives of leadership and public discourse.  She currently serves as the chair of the Global Academy Task Force and as a member of the Presidential Lecture Series committee.  In 2015-2016, she served as the Presidential Leadership Fellow for UM President Royce C. Engstrom.

Deena earned her MPA here at UM and a BA in international relations and economics at American University.  Past experience includes serving as a foreign service officer in public diplomacy, as marketing director for a Dow Jones community newspaper and developing exchange programs at the Institute of International Education.  She has worked or studied in nearly 40 countries, and has studied Indonesian, Arabic, and French.


M.P.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula, 1998
B.A. in International Relations and Economics from The American University, Washington DC, 1990

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