Michele Dash-Pauls works on national security issues for the federal government. She has spent several years overseas, serving at U.S. embassies in Europe and Asia.  Prior to her federal service, she worked for the Ford Foundation as a program assistant in the Human Rights & International Security Division in Ford’s New York and Moscow offices.  She has a B.A. in Soviet Studies/Russian history from Cornell University and master’s degrees in environmental management and international relations from Yale University.  Her long-lasting interest in international affairs stems from her undergraduate study abroad experience in Russia and international summer internships undertaken while at Yale, including an internship at the United Nations in Geneva.