Program Administration

Learn more about our staff members

Jonathan Achter

Assistant Director, Academic and Student Affairs

Biography and Contact Information

Jonathan Achter joined the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) in 2005 as part of the newly configured Stanford Global Studies Division. During 2006-07, he guided the transition from a one-year program to a comprehensive two-year model. Again, from late 2016-2018, he successfully guided the program's redesign and relocation to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), which is the first-ever transition of an academic program into a research division at Stanford University. Previously, he worked in international education and study abroad for the University of California, Santa Barbara and Iowa State University. His international study, work, and program leadership destinations include Australia, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. He holds a M.Ed. from Iowa State University, focused on educational leadership and policy studies, specializing in student development. Additionally, he completed his doctoral coursework and orals (Ed.D.) at the University of Minnesota, focusing on international education leadership.  


Academic Administration, Student Services, Advising, Major Events, Operations, and Budget and Finances

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Contact Information:
Encina Hall, Suite 10E

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Cheng Huynh

Career Services Coordinator

Biography and Contact Information

Cheng joined Stanford in 2019 as the Career Services Coordinator for the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) Program. In this role, he manages MIPCareers, the database for career opportunities and resources for MIP students. He also provides general administrative and operational support to MIP’s career services activities and capstone program in areas such as student travel bookings, reimbursement requests, and financial transactions. Prior to joining Stanford, Cheng was a Global Ambassador in Taiwan on the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Scholarship Program, where his global research project focused on comparing the policies between the recycling systems of United States and Taiwan. Cheng holds a BA in International Studies- International Business from the University of California, San Diego and is Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certified.


MIPCareers, Administrative and Operational Support

Contact Information:
Encina Hall 10K-2

Patrick Laboon

Academic Program Manager

Biography and Contact Information

Patrick manages academic programs for FSI, in addition to managing the MIP capstone program: Policy Change Studio. Patrick joined Stanford in 2017 as a Program Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Research Center’s China Program. Since 2019, Patrick has served as academic program manager at FSI, supporting FSI’s global policy internships, mentored undergraduate research, student led initiatives, field research, and research grant programs. He joined the MIP team in 2020 to manage the capstone program. Patrick holds an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.


FSI Academic Programs, MIP Capstone Program

Contact Information:
Encina Hall, C134

Meghan Moura

Recruitment and Admissions Manager

Biography and Contact Information

Meghan Moura joined FSI in 2018 as the Program Coordinator for the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy. In that role, she provided students, faculty, and staff with operational and programmatic support. As the Recruitment and Admissions Manager, she now oversees the MIP admissions cycle, and guides the program's strategies for recruitment, marketing, and communications. Meghan's background is in international development and the nonprofit sector, and she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad and Mozambique. She holds Master's degrees in International Policy Studies and Public Policy from Stanford Universtiy, and a BA in Anthropology from Northwestern University.


Propsective Student and Applicant Inquiries, Recruitment and Admissions, General Program Administration, Communications, and Budget and Finances

Contact Information:
Encina Hall 10F

Kimberly Renk

Career Services, Alumni Affairs, and Capstone Lead

Biography and Contact Information

Kimberly oversees career services and alumni affairs for the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy, in addition to managing the MIP capstone program: Policy Change Studio. Previously, Kimberly was the Manager for Policy Outreach and Practicum Development at FSI, where she worked with FSI faculty to help translate research findings into policy domains. Prior to joining Stanford, Kimberly was the Program and Training Manager at the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) program at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she managed trainings on evidence-based policymaking for civil servants in South and South East Asia. She also executed public policy initiatives in the Dominican Republic Ministry of Youth as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow and the Liberian Ministry of Labor as a Carter Center-Transnational Law Institute Fellow. Previously, Kimberly was also a lawyer at the law firm WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where she worked on international litigations and investigations involving the US federal government. Kimberly holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, a JD from New York University School of Law, and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Career Services, Alumni Affairs, Capstone Program

Contact Information:
Encina Hall 10H