Meet our Team


Karen McBride, Ed.D. President & Founder

Karen is a career international higher education professional with 17 years of experience cultivating international academic opportunities for American college students as well as visiting students and scholars from abroad to the U.S. She specializes in multi-faceted partnership development, education abroad programming and intercultural training. She is now focused on reconciling environmental sustainability, as well as issues around Climate Action and Climate Justice, with these endeavors. Karen has worked for a large public university and a mid-sized private university in the U.S., two third party study abroad program providers as well as an Italian institute of higher education. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and Scotland, interned abroad in Ireland, was an international graduate student in the United Kingdom and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Antigua, West Indies). She earned her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration for International Educators at the University of Minnesota, having conducted research in, and later returning as a Fulbright Specialist to, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is the Past Chair of NAFSA’s Education Abroad Knowledge Community and, most recently, a member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps.


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Mauricio Izquierdo, M.A. Partnership & Business Development Consultant

Mauricio is an International Higher Education Consultant with more than 13 years of experience. Mauricio has accomplished conducted training programs, seminars, webinars, and workshops, developing, leading, and implementing successful educational projects between Latin American institutions and Universities and Colleges in Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Central America, and Africa. Mauricio has studied in Colombia, Germany and the United States and is an active member of the Foundation in Colombia for the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE). Currently, he is a second-year student in the Ed.D Program of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri.


Julianne Angeli

Julianne Angeli, M.Ed. Education Abroad Consultant

Julianne has a strong background in higher education, particularly in academic advising, program management and study abroad. She currently manages short-term faculty-led study abroad programs at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She has degrees in French and English/Creative Writing as well as Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She studied abroad at Université Paul Valéry in Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France and was a Fulbright grantee in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. She is currently enrolled in a M.A. in French and Francophone Studies. She also has a graduate certificate in Grantsmanship and experience with grant seeking for academic and non-profit entities.


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Alexis Tarter, M.A. E-Learning & Instructional Design Consultant

Alexis is an international education professional with experience in faculty training, online course design and curricular development for virtual cultural exchanges. She has taught in the US as well as multiple professional high schools in France to promote language learning and intercultural competency. Alexis completed her Master’s degree in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota focusing on online strategies for intercultural learning while studying abroad. With over 6 years of experience in international learning and teaching, she grounds her work in adult learning theories, data analysis and iterative processes.



Daniel Greenberg, Ph.D. Sustainability Consultant

In 1999, Daniel founded the educational non-profit Living Routes.  While leading Living Routes, he set up a system where students measured their travel emissions and supported sustainability projects within their host communities.  It worked so well that he left Living Routes in 2012 to start Earth Deeds and further develop these tools to help others similarly understand and respond to their impacts.In addition to being founder and CEO of Earth Deeds, Daniel is passionate about new paradigms, worldviews and “stories” that can help humans live in greater harmony with each other and all life. He has also been a leading advocate for sustainability within international education and the ecovillage movement. He is a successful social entrepreneur, international educator, and sustainability consultant.