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Natalie A. Mello

Natalie A. Mello is the Vice President for Programs, Training and Services. She oversees a range of initiatives that include programs to train members in the Standards of Good Practice though the expansion of workshops, the Critical Incident Database, The Forum’s Professional Certification Program, Standards Institutes, Fireside Dialogues, and other programs. Natalie joined The Forum in 2011 after serving as Director of Global Operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She also served as an onsite advisor for WPI students as they completed degree-required projects in Venice, Italy; San José, Costa Rica; and Washington, DC. She has been involved with national education abroad organizations for many years, particularly in the area of risk management, and was widely recognized as developing a model for responsible risk management for off-campus experiences. Natalie previously served as the Chair of the Advisory Council for The Forum on Education Abroad, and chaired The Forum’s 2008 Annual Conference as well as co-chaired its first stand-alone Standards of Good Practice Institute in 2011. She contributed to the 2005 edition on NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators. She has also published and presented in the areas of engineering education, education abroad and educational outcomes assessment. Natalie was a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corp, was a mentor in the first NAFSA Academy and sat on the Interassociational Task Force on Health and Safety in Study Abroad. She holds a B.A. in Art from Connecticut College, a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master of Liberal Arts from Clark University.