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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Heller Admissions Office will be working on a hybrid schedule, 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
Email: helleradmissions@brandeis.edu

Admissions Staff

Hannah Locke, Associate Director, Admissions

Hannah Locke

Senior 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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Jill Maley, Assistant Director of Admissions

Jill Maley

Associate 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

Associate 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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Jocie Sobieraj

Jocie Sobieraj

Assistant Director of Admissions

Contact me about: MS in Global Health Policy and Management admissions; MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence admissions; Visa Information/Declaration of Finances (VIDOF) process questions

About me: Although I grew up down the road from Brandeis, in Newton MA, I didn't consider going to college in Boston at all and ultimately attended Oberlin College, graduating with a degree in Comparative American Studies in 2015. Since then, I lived and worked in a few roles in Washington D.C before finding my footing in higher education as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Skidmore College in Upstate NY. I loved the admissions process and helping students with the college process but also knew I wanted to expand my horizons so in 2020, I went back to school at the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a Masters in Higher Educational Leadership. It was at UT that I got to dive into diversity and equity work, solidifying that my passion for student affairs lies in supporting students who are from the most marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities. I'm excited to be living in Boston, now as an adult, and connecting with students about Heller's deep commitment to social justice. In my free time, I am exploring Boston's many museums and cafes, reading, biking and doing community organizing. I am fluent in Spanish and French and use she/her pronouns.

Favorite place in Boston: Although it is currently under construction, one of Boston's best kept secrets in my opinion is a beautiful, sound proof rooftop garden in Kendall Square. It's an oasis in the middle of the bustling city!

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Lynn Davis

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Contact me about: Financial Aid questions, Coverdell Fellows program
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Graduate Assistants

Ronunique Clark

Ronunique Clark, Master of Public Policy

About Me: I was born and raised in Northern California (the Bay Area, to be exact). Before joining Heller, I attended Boston University for my undergraduate studies, studying Political Science with a certificate in Criminal Justice. I have worked with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters as a Classroom Assistant and interned with the Social Security Administration, Forum One, and Barbara Lee for Congress. I enjoyed my time volunteering with the Petey Greene program at the NorthEast Youth Service Center in Middleton as a tutor.  In my free time I like to listen to music, write poetry, and take a well rested nap. I am now a 2nd year MPP student concentrating in Economic and Racial Equity. I hope that with the admissions team I am able to learn how we are seeking out the next change makers of our world. 
Favorite Place in Boston: My favorite place in Boston is Teriyaki House. They have the best fried rice!
Calah McQuarters

Calah McQuarters, Social Impact MBA

About me: I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I graduated from Howard University in 2021 with two bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Afro American Studies. Prior to attending Heller, I helped open Greenwood Rising: Black Wall Street History Center, a new museum dedicated to uncovering the history of the Greenwood District and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. I also served in the consulting space, leading a team to create innovative solutions that addressed barriers hindering civic engagement for immigrants and refugees in the city of Tulsa. As an Afro-Latina, I am especially passionate about providing access and opportunities to underserved black and brown communities. During my time as an admissions GA I am excited to meet individuals from around the world and help them see their place at Heller. In my spare time, I enjoy singing, cooking, and watching true crime documentaries (so if you have any recommendations, send them my way!)

Favorite Place in Boston: If you’re looking for good food, great drinks, and fun music, Top Mix Bar & Kitchen is the place to go!

Neh Meh, MA SID/COEX'24

Neh Meh, MA in Sustainable International Development/MA Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

About me: I was born in Thailand but moved to Idaho at the end of 2009. I went to Brigham Young University-Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor in International Studies and minoring in Sociology. After graduation, I spent 18 months in Hong Kong volunteering. I am a current member of Student's Voices for Refugees and Advocates for Refugees in Higher Education, engaging in a project to form an Education Pathway for foreign refugees.  I love diversity and that's what drove me to Heller to pursue a dual master's degree in the Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence programs.

Favorite place in Boston:  I am new to the Boston area, but I am looking forward to exploring the Freedom Trail. 

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Andy Mendez

Andy Mendez, Social Impact MBA/MA Sustainable International Development

Americorps Alumna and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco)

About me: I was born and raised in Central Florida, just outside of Orlando. For undergrad, I studied Media Production, Technology, and Management at the University of Florida. Prior to starting my first semester at Heller, I conducted recruitment, volunteer management, and member support as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program at Legal Aid Chicago. Before joining AmeriCorps, I served in the Peace Corps as a Youth & Gender Development Specialist in Morocco where I facilitated girls’ empowerment workshops, taught English, and raised awareness of public health. My AmeriCorps and Peace Corps experiences were a big part of what shaped me as a professional. For this reason, I was immediately excited about the Heller School when I learned that the student body has such a large community of former National Service Members. My international experience includes a study abroad in the Dominican Republic and two summers as a volunteer English & Health Educator in Egypt. I spend my free time tutoring ESL, reading fanfiction, and talking myself out of trying winter sports.

Favorite place in Boston: Tatte Bakery and Café is a great place for breakfast or brunch. I recognized a lot of the flavors and ingredients from things I ate during Peace Corps in Morocco. If you’re into MENA-region inspired flavors, I definitely recommend checking it out!
Brielle Ruscitti

Brielle Ruscitti, MS Global Health Policy and Management/MA Sustainable International Development

About me: I grew up in Massachusetts, an hour north of Brandeis, but spent my summers and my college years living in Arizona. I attended Arizona State University and graduated with my bachelor’s in Biology and Society. While I loved the desert landscape, I couldn’t quite handle the heat. I was ready to come back to the northeast to pursue graduate education and stumbled upon Heller. I loved that the Heller school allowed me to pursue two of my passions at the same time and in conjunction with each other. I hope to connect more students with this opportunity through an admissions role. In my free time, I love to be outside, go hiking, running or reading a new novel.

Favorite Place in Boston: I love the Boston area, but my favorite place is the Boston public garden, it's an amazing public space to be outside in any season, but beware, the squirrels are very friendly.

hellerSIDambassador1@brandeis.edu