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Katie Straight joined Batten following 15 years of diverse, cross-sector non-profit, international NGO, and consulting experience. Her previous work in global development and poverty reduction was largely focused on stakeholder management and communications, capacity development, strategic program design, and impact evaluation. She is passionate about supporting adult learning, strategic and sustainable organizational growth, and organization-wide leadership development. A UVA alum, Katie received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in International Education Policy from Harvard. In concert with her role as Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Programs, Katie serves as an adjunct lecturer of global development policy at Batten.

Marrissa Jones

Marrissa Jones (she, her, hers) is the Social Equity Advisor at The University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Ms. Jones is passionate about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education- as demonstrated through her numerous leadership roles during her time as an undergraduate at UVA. Most notably, Ms. Jones is the co-founder of 'Hoos First Look', a fly-in program aimed at recruiting high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school students into UVA. Ms. Jones has previous education consulting experience at The Lewin Group, where she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Office of Head Start Monitoring and Evaluation contract.

Erinn Lauterbach

I am currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Effective Lawmaking in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. I received my PhD in American Politics from the University of California, Riverside, in June 2020.

Jieun Pai

Jieun Pai researches social hierarchy and conflict resolution. Specifically, her research seeks to provide insight into how people can satisfy their need for status in teams and organizations harmoniously. Pai received her Ph.D. in Management and Organization from Anderson School of Management at UCLA and holds M.A. in Human Resources from University of Minnesota and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from KAIST, South Korea.