Renée has served as a Program Officer in the Professional Exchanges Division at Meridian since 2012. Recently, she added on the role of Co-Facilitator of the Staff Exchange Program, where she designs and implements week-long exchanges with our partners focusing on organizational management and programming best practices. Previously, Renée served for five years as the Program Director for the World Affairs Council of Rhode Island CBM. Concurrent with that duty, she also founded and directed Global Rhode Island, a non-profit which promotes international education programs for high school educators and students. She moved to Washington in 2007, where she worked with USAID contractors, EnCompass and Creative Associates International, on proposal development. Originally from northern California, Renée has an undergraduate degree in French from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Translation, French from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She has lived in France and Switzerland and loves to explore new countries and rediscover old favorites.