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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

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

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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Ellen Driscoll

Admissions Counselor

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

About me: Throughout my professional career, I have worked in college and university admissions at undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. As an undergraduate, I coordinated campus visits for prospective students and families. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I began my career involving all aspects of the admission process. One of the most rewarding opportunities has been meeting prospective students in their hometowns in North and South America, Europe, and Asia and welcoming each to campus. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to my hometown, Boston. It’s a compact city with lots of wonderful neighborhoods, each with its own distinct qualities, characteristics and food. Boston is often referred to as a ‘walking city’ where you experience the city from the original streets in Charlestown and the Boston Waterfront to our newest neighborhood, the Seaport/Fort Point Channel; and it’s only a short 30-minute train ride from Brandeis to North Station.

Favorite place in Boston: On a sunny day,  I enjoy walks along Boston Harbor from South Boston, to the Waterfront, and to Charlestown. And don’t miss our newest park, the Greenway, which rests atop our tunnel through downtown Boston and connects the North End neighborhood with Quincy Market and the Financial District.

Lynn Davis

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Contact me about: VIDOF process; Financial Aid
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Graduate Assistants

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 an 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! 

Daniella Levine, Master of Public Policy

About me: I am an MPP candidate focused on gender and sexuality policy. Prior 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!

Hannah Lougheed, MA Sustainable International Development/MS Global Health Policy & Management

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. 

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. 

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!
Doug Nevins, MPP/MBA'22

Doug Nevins, Master of Public Policy/Social Impact 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. 

Hannah Plumb, MA Sustainable International Development

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Indonesia)

About me: I was born in London, United Kingdom, but grew up most of my life just outside of Atlanta, GA. I completed my undergraduate degree at Georgia College in Mass Communication with minors in French and International Studies. I knew that I found intercultural communication fascinating, and that I was interested in nonprofit/ economic development, which is how I ended up being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia. Sadly, due to COVID-19, that experience was cut short and I ended back in Georgia. After that, I worked doing outreach for covid vaccines before I came to Heller to pursue a Master's in Sustainable International Development. Outside of school, you can find me reading, being way too competitive about board games and trying to cook a new recipe!

Favorite place in Boston: So far, my favorite place in the Boston area is the Brattle Bookshop- I love how many used books it has and how you can feel the history of the shop when you walk in. More locally, I love getting the occasional ice cream cone from Lizzy's on Moody St.

Ariel Wexler, Social Impact MBA/MA in Sustainable International Development

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala)

About me:  I am originally from Los Angeles, California, and I earned my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining Heller I lived and worked in Guatemala for 3 years first as a Volunteer Coordinator for a green building nonprofit organization focused on employment, environment, and education. I then returned as a Peace Corps Rural Extension volunteer working in food security and rural agriculture. During my Peace Corps service, I co-planned and executed the start of three women's beekeeping groups. I am passionate about social enterprise, rural income-generating projects, and environmental sustainability.  I am a foreign and independent film enthusiast!

Favorite place in Boston: Since moving to Waltham this past August, I've enjoyed walking along the Charles River Greenway path.