Program Administration

Learn more about our staff members

Jonathan Achter

Assistant Director for Academic and Student Affairs

Biography and Contact Information

Jonathan Achter has been with the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP) since 2005. During 2006-07, he guided the transition from a one-year program to a more comprehensive two-year model. Again, from late 2016-2018, he led the implementation of a redesign and enhancement as MIP became the first graduate program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. Previously, he worked in international education/study abroad for the University of California, Santa Barbara and Iowa State University. His international study, work, and program development/leadership destinations include Australia, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. He holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership and policy studies, specializing in student development, from Iowa State University. Additionally, he completed his doctoral coursework (Ed.D.) at the University of Minnesota, focusing on international education leadership.


Academic Administration, Student Services, Advising, Admissions, Major Events, and Operations

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For Instructors:

Contact Information:
Encina Hall, S052A

Appointment Booking (Note: this is a request only; you will receive a confirmation or rescheduling request from me)

Meghan Moura

Program Coordinator

Biography and Contact Information

Meghan Moura joined FSI in April 2018 as the Program Coordinator for the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy. She looks forward to providing students, faculty, and staff with operational and programmatic support. Meghan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad and Mozambique, and her background is in international development and the nonprofit sector. She holds Master's degrees in International Policy Studies and Public Policy from Stanford Universtiy, and a BA in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She enjoys reading, music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 


Applicant Inquiries, Admissions, General Program Administration

Contact Information:
Encina Hall S053A

Kimberly Renk

Policy Outreach and Practicum Development Manager

Biography and Contact Information

Kimberly Renk FSI in January 2018 as the Manager for Policy Outreach and Practicum Development. In this role, she works with FSI faculty to help translate research findings into policy domains and manages practicum projects for the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy. Prior to joining FSI, Kimberly was the Program and Training Manager at the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she managed public policy initiatives in the Dominican Republic Ministry of Youth as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow and the Liberian Ministry of Labor as a Carter Center/Transnational Law Institute Fellow. She was also a lawyer at the law firm WilmerHale in Washington D.C. 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. 


Practicum Planning and Management

Contact Information:
Encina Hall C135

Kristin Southard

Recruitment, Career Services, and Alumni Affairs Manager

Biography and Contact Information

Kristin Southard joined FSI in January 2018 as their Recruitment, Career Services, and Alumni Affairs Manager for the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy. Kristin comes from the Foundation for International Education: FIE where she was the Academic and Experiential Education Coordinator and helped place international students into internship opportunities in the London area. Previously, she worked at AFS-USA Intercultural Programs where she served as regional manager for volunteer affairs and program delivery for study abroad programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing workshops, training opportunities, and community building events. Kristin holds an MA in International Relations from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Global Studies and Italian Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She enjoys hiking, traveling around the world, and finding new books to get lost in. 


Prospective External Student Inquiries, Recruitment, Career Services including internships, Alumni Affairs, Student Finance

Contact Information:
Encina Hall S052B

Appointment Booking (for in person appointments)