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Marissa Lombardi Joins The Forum as Executive Director for Programs, Training & Services

We are excited to announce that Marissa Lombardi will join the Forum team as the Executive Director of Training, Programs and Services on October 1.

Dr. Lombardi comes to us from EF Education First, where she served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Partnerships. Previously, Dr. Lombardi was an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program at Northeastern University, where she developed a concentration and certificate in Global Student Mobility. Dr. Lombardi also served as a faculty scholar and lead scholar at the university’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, where she conducted research on international students’ experiences in online learning environments. Her other research interests include the internationalization of the curriculum and intercultural learning and assessment in higher education.

Prior to that, Dr. Lombardi served as dean of students at Lorenzo de’Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was part of a senior leadership team responsible for the oversight of campuses in Florence, Rome, Venice, and Tuscania. She also developed a language and culture program for an international bank and worked extensively as a cross-cultural consultant in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Lombardi has developed and administered international short-term faculty led programs for undergraduate, graduate and online students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College, a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a Doctorate of Education, with a specialization in International Education, from Northeastern University.