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CIGE Staff Bios

December 30, 1899



Brad Farnsworth

Vice President​

Brad Farnsworth is vice president of ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.  He is responsible for several programs, including the Internationalization Collaborative, the Institute for Leading Internationalization, and engagement with the Washington-based diplomatic community.  He is also responsible for implementing the Center's fundraising strategy.

From 1991 until joining ACE in early 2012, Brad was director of the Center for International Business Education in the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. The center's programs included faculty research projects, foreign language courses, education abroad, executive development programs, and student internships. The Michigan CIBE was known for its strong ties to the liberal arts; Brad helped to establish the program in international studies, serving as its director while developing and teaching one of its core courses. Brad also taught courses on international management, the world economy, and business in China to MBAs, undergraduates and executives.

From 1982 to 1991, Brad was associate director of the Yale-China Association, an educational organization based at Yale University that was established in the early 20th century. During that time he developed one of the first management training programs with foreign cooperation in mainland China. Brad has focused on China throughout his career, visiting the country frequently and serving as a faculty associate in the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

He holds master's degrees in business and Chinese studies from Washington University in St. Louis, both awarded in 1981.​


Robin Matross Helms, Ph.D.


Robin Matross Helms is director of ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. She is responsible for designing and carrying out CIGE’s internationalization research agenda, including the Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses​ study, and overseeing administration of the Internationalization Laboratory. 

Robin's previous experience includes international program management for the Institute of International Education, EF Education and CET Academic Programs, and faculty development program management at the University of Minnesota. She has also worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the international and higher education fields, including the World Bank, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

In her role at ACE, Robin works with a broad range of institutions to gather and disseminate good practices for internationalization. Her publications include Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty, Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives, and International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices. 

Robin holds an A.B. degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College.

​Erin Baldwin

Senior Program Specialist​​​

​​​Erin Baldwin is a senior program specialist at ACE's Center for Inte​rnationalization and Global Engagement. Prior to joining ACE, she served as chief representative and strategic project manager at the University of Queensland’s North America liaison office. Additionally, Erin worked for three years on the International Education team with the Australian Trade Commission at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. Since 2016, she has also served as a board member of the Young Professionals in International Education (yPIE) network, a DC-based membership organization that works to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the field. 

Erin holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communications, with minors in Sociology and Spanish, from the College of St Benedict in Minnesota, as well as a master of arts in International Relations from the University of Kent-Brussels School of International Studies. She spent a semester abroad as an undergraduate in Australia, and has lived in Belgium and Japan.​​​


​Lucia Brajkovic, Ph.D.​

Senior Research Spec​ialist

Lucia Brajkovic is a senior research specialist at ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). She also serves as the executive director of the Higher Education Initiative for Southeastern Europe (HEISEE).

Lucia first joined ACE in 2014 as a summer graduate research associate and later as a senior research associate at ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) and CIGE. She completed her doctoral degree at the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia (UGA). Her dissertation research focuses on political economy and higher education systems in post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She is also exploring the internationalization of U.S. higher education, and the connections of U.S. universities with the industry and corporate world.

During the course of her doctoral program she served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Higher Education, and a graduate research assistant at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She presented her research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the International Network for Social Network Analysis annual meetings, and her work has been published in International Higher Education, European Journal of Higher Education and other venues.

Lucia holds a master’s degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Zagreb and a diploma in public relations management. Prior to coming to the United States she worked as a public relations officer at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

​Veronica Onorevole

Senior Program Specialist​​

Veronica Onorevole is a senior program specialist at ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. Prior to this role, Veronica worked at the Institute of International Education overseeing the administration of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to 17 countries in the East Asia Pacific region on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Veronica’s earlier experiences in international affairs include six years as the educational programs manager for the American Society of International Law and two years as a U.S. political/congressional affairs researcher at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC.

Veronica is recognized by the Japan Foundation and University of Hawaii as a Japan specialist. She lived in Japan as a university exchange student at Temple University Japan and as an Assistant English language teacher in Fukushima prefecture through the Japan Exchange of Teachers (JET) Programme. 

Veronica holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Japanese language studies from Douglass College, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and a master of international affairs degree from the School of International Service, American University. She also attained a congressional appointment and received honorable discharge from the U.S. Naval Academy.

​Lisa Motley

Senior Program Manage​r

Lisa Motley is the senior program manager for ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement.  Her work focuses on the Internationalization Laboratory​, special programs, and the department’s budget and financials. 

Lisa has been part of the CIGE team since the Center’s inception in 2011.  She originally joined ACE in 2001 as a benefits assistant in the Department of Human Resources, and also served as a program manager in the Leadership Programs Division for over seven years.  Prior to ACE, Lisa worked for several years in the mort­gage industry.  She attended Prince George’s Community College. 


​Ronna Eddington

Program S​pecialist​

Ronna Eddington is the program specialist for ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. Her work focuses on the Internationalization Collaborative, the Institute for Leading Internationalization, and the Washington International Education Group. Ronna also implements overall CIGE marketing and web strategy. Her previous experience includes nine years working with Higher Education for Development; another unit of ACE devoted to the strengthening of higher education in developing countries; where she coordinated daily operations and staff travel, and orchestrated international meetings. She has also served as a meetings coordinator for the ACE annual meeting.

Ronna holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and business management from York College of Pennsylvania and has attended The George Washington University for professional meeting management.  She has also lived in Australia.


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