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Due to coronavirus/COVID-19, the Heller Admissions Office will be working remotely, but will continue to operate during normal business hours. During this time, the best way to contact us is via email. 

Office of Admissions
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University
415 South Street (MS 035)
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone: 781-736-3820

Admissions Staff

Hannah Locke, Associate Director, Admissions

Hannah Locke

Associate Director of Admissions

Contact me about: MA in Sustainable International Development admissions

About me: I joined the Heller Admissions team in August 2017 after already working at Brandeis for 1.5 years in the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), where I engaged with both undergraduate and graduate international students at Brandeis. I've also held a number of roles at an ESL school in downtown Boston and lived abroad for three years teaching English in the Czech Republic and Italy. I have a B.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Art History and a TEFL certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I'm a native Floridian, but always considered myself a New Englander born in exile. I've lived in Boston since 2013. In my free time I enjoy going to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and hammocking along the Charles River on the Esplanade.  

Favorite place in Boston: I recommend getting out of Boston to check out the various New England islands in warmer weather - Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, MA; Block Island, RI; and Deer Isle, ME.

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Marcie Mai, Assistant Director of Admissions

Marcie Mai

Assistant Director of Admissions

Contact me about: MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence admissions; MS in Global Health Policy and Management admissions; VIDOF process

About me: I was born in Boston and raised north of the city. I spent my undergraduate years in Rhode Island at Providence College studying sociology. There I was involved in the admissions office, multicultural student affairs, and residence life. I have always been very interested in higher education, but was not sure if this was the career path I wanted. Upon graduation, I pursued my master's in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence right here at Heller. For my practicum, I worked with a healthcare nonprofit doing diversity and inclusion work. One of my main roles was working with the high school student interns and assisting them in the college process. This was where I realized one of my passions was to help students navigate their educational journey. This is why I decided to return to Heller as part of the admissions team. I am a first-generation college student, and I understand first hand the challenges and how overwhelming the process can be. I hope I can be a resource for prospective and incoming students. When I am not on campus, I enjoy trying out restaurants in Boston and learning how to cook Vietnamese dishes from my family.

Favorite place in Boston: Boston Public Library is a great place to escape when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Jill Maley, Assistant Director of Admissions

Jill Maley

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Contact me about: Master of Public Policy admissions; Social Impact MBA admissions

About me: Prior to joining the Heller Admissions team, I worked in education, project management and research. I'm a graduate of the Heller School's Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program, during which I focused on the psychological processes underlying conflict, a topic I'm still fascinated by and continue to write about. Having greatly benefited from the opportunity to study at the Heller School, I'm thrilled to be in a role where I get to help others advance their careers and expand their social impact. I'm committed to ensuring that the Heller values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are strong drivers in the admissions process. When I'm not at work, I teach dance and fitness classes, and listen to true crime podcasts. 

Favorite place in Boston: Although I don't get into Boston often, I love to visit the Andala Coffee House (which is technically in Cambridge) for a strong cup of coffee that's perfect for either sitting in the cheerful cafe, or wandering around Cambridge.

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Amanda Miller, Assistant Director of Admissions

Amanda Miller

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Contact me about: PhD in Social Policy admissions

About me: I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia (but no, I don’t have a Southern accent!). I got my undergraduate degree in English Literature from Agnes Scott College and then moved to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I originally intended to pursue a PhD and teach at the college level, but during my master’s degree, I realized that although I loved higher education, teaching was not the best fit for me. That led me to a position where I worked with the international student population, but I wanted to work with prospective students more closely. The admissions office is an incredible place to work; not only do we get to work with students at one of the most pivotal points in their lives, but we help to shape the future of Heller through our incoming students. When I’m not at Heller, you can find me out running in the Arnold Arboretum or checking out the new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Favorite place in Boston: I love the Mapparium, a three-story stained-glass globe constructed in 1935; it’s incredibly beautiful and invites you to reflect on the ways the world has changed since it was made. 

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Lynn Davis

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Contact me about: Financial Aid
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Graduate Assistants

Seamus Igo, MBA/SID'22

Seamus Igo, MBA/SID

About me: I grew up in central Massachusetts in a small town named Clinton. I discovered a love of international relations through Model UN in high school, and went on to graduate from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations as well as Peace and Justice. Five weeks after graduating from college, I joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in the Kingdom of Eswatini as a Community Health Volunteer. While I was still in the Peace Corps, I heard of the Heller school through one of the Peace Corps magazines and applied. I could tell through the emails, the stories, and what I had heard about Brandeis, that Heller was a special place that puts its students above all else. When I was accepted to the MBA/SID dual degree program I could not have been happier. They teach about development and business administration not simply as tools to learn, but opportunities to make the world a better place. I am thrilled to be a part of the Brandeis Admissions team and look forward to meeting you.

Favorite place in Boston: I'm a Sox fan, so I love Fenway Park and Lansdowne Street; there are a lot of great music venues and restaurants to explore. 

Doug Nevins, MPP/MBA'22

Doug Nevins, MPP/MBA

About me: I am a Master of Public Policy in the Poverty Alleviation concentration and Social Impact MBA dual degree student. I grew up in Framingham, MA, and attended Brandeis for my undergraduate studies as well, majoring in English and Creative Writing. Through working in higher education for several years, I developed an interest in equitable education policy and decided to pursue an MPP. I was drawn to the program at Heller by its strong emphasis on poverty and inequality, political economy, and social advocacy. I enjoy the cohort-based model of the MPP and the close-knit community at Heller. In my free time I like to explore the Somerville/Cambridge area, where I live, and try new breweries and coffeeshops. 

Favorite place in Boston: I like going to the movies, particularly at small theaters like the Brattle in Cambridge and Embassy in Waltham. 

Sami Rovins, MS/SID'22

Sami Rovins, COEX/MS-GHPM

About me: Born in Philadelphia, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in South Asia Studies. I started in Heller's MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program, and this year I will be an MS student in the Global Health Policy and Management program. When I'm not on campus, I'm spending time with my dog, enjoying Indonesian food, or exploring an art gallery or museum. I'm excited to be a part of the Heller Admissions team, and I am looking forward to working with you throughout the admissions process!

Favorite place in Boston: My absolute favorite place in Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Hannah Lougheed, MA SID/MS-GHPM

About me: Originally from the Great North, I was born and raised in the shadow of the CN tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the early 2000s, I moved to the United States with my family to the very small town of Greencastle, Pennsylvania. I spent my undergraduate career attending Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where I acquired a degree in Political Science with a minor in International Studies. I enjoyed all things “diplomacy”, and one of my favorite courses was a model Organization of American States. After graduating, I moved to Utila, Honduras for a while and received my PADI certification as an Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor. That same month, I was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to work as an English Teaching Assistant within rural Brazil. I am now so thankful to be part of the Heller family and the admissions team, and I look forward to interacting with you along the way! 

Favorite place in Boston: While I have not yet lived in the Waltham-Boston area, I had the opportunity to tour for a short weekend in the fall. I love all things water, so walking along the harbor and visiting the New-England Aquarium were major highlights. I also really enjoyed eating at Gustazo Cuban Kitchen and Bar. 

Daniella Levine, MPP

About me: I am a first-year MPP focused on gender and sexuality policy. Previous to Heller, I spent four years as the Grants Manager of The Miriam Fund at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston's Jewish Women's fund. I earned my BA in Community Engagement and Social Advocacy, with a Concentration in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Clark University. I spend my free time playing games (cards/mah jongg/board games/etc.), volunteering in the community, working on political campaigns, and running around with my dog, Joey. I use she/her/hers pronouns.

Favorite place in Boston: I love exploring greater Boston, but the food is what really gets me. Some staples: Dumpling House and Pinocchio’s in Cambridge, The Neighborhood in Somerville, and for all your baked food needs - Clear Flour in Brookline is a must!

Sazia Nowshin, MBA/SID

About Me: I was born in Bangladesh, but raised in Queens, NY and Scranton, PA. I graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in political science, and am currently a student in Heller's MBA/SID program. I moved to Massachusetts in August 2020, and am slowly making my way to visiting all the landmarks the Greater Boston area has to offer. I like to spend my time overwhelming my roommate's dog with love, going to different places to eat, and love cooking! My current favorite spot is the Bittersweet Shoppe on Newbury St. I'm so excited to be a part of the Heller Admissions team and am looking forward to meeting you all!

Favorite place in Boston: My current favorite place to hang out in Boston is the North End. Definitely don't suggest the area if you plan on driving (my car has suffered with those tight turns), but it's rich with history and amazing restaurants. I recommend picking up cannoli or a lobster tail from Mike's Pastry!