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Leila Mahnad Adler Deputy Director, Bridging the Gap School of International Service

Degrees
MA, International Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Bio
Leila Adler serves as the Deputy Director of the Bridging the Gap project. For over 12 years, Bridging the Gap has promoted scholarly contributions to public debate and decision making on global challenges and U.S. foreign policy. It is generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. She oversees all aspects of grant management as well as programming and outreach for the project. In her previous role at the School of International Service at American University, Leila served as the first ever Manager for Research Promotion and Outreach. She worked with faculty members and PhD students to raise the profile of SIS research to relevant constituencies, including public policy institutions and potential funders. She closely coordinated with SIS scholars to showcase their work on various online platforms, designed workshops on increasing citations and research impact, as well as orchestrated book launches and manuscript incubators. She previously served as an Assistant Director at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, where she managed the Washington Meetings Program in designing and executing events for CFR members, press, and the general public. Prior to her time there, she was a project associate with the RAND Corporation, focusing on the Middle East and Central Asia. Leila graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2010 with an M.A. in International Affairs and earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005.