Incorporating strategic planning, high quality student service, and a dedication to Howard University’s mission and purpose, MaRaina Montgomery works to enhance the capacity of University’s study abroad program. Ms. Montgomery is a Howard University alumna with a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology. She earned a Master’s degree in Education with a focus on International Student Affairs from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She was hired in 2016 as the Program Manager for study abroad, housed within the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard. Prior to this role, she managed the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program, a graduate level program to increase the number of underrepresented Foreign Service Officers at the United States Agency for International Development. Her passion for international education and anthropology led Ms. Montgomery worked abroad in Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Ghana prior to graduate school. As a student, she studied abroad in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and South Africa. Academically, professionally and personally, Ms. Montgomery has made student development, capacity building, organizational culture impact, and intercultural competency development her life’s work.