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  • Mandy Bratton - Executive Director and Lecturer

    Mandy Bratton - Executive Director and Lecturer

    Dr. Mandy Bratton serves as the Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Global Sustainable Development. The Center is home to the award-winning Global Ties program and the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program. These programs inspire students to collaborate with communities to co-create innovative solutions to urgent problems, such as those represented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the NAE Grand Challenges. Mandy also serves as a Founding Director of the UC San Diego Changemaker Institute. She is an Ashoka U Change Leader and was instrumental in making UC San Diego an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus – one of only 45 worldwide. She served as the Principal Investigator for SISTERS, a National Science Foundation-funded project to design and study the impact of an after-school STEAM program for 5th and 6th-grade girls facilitated by undergraduate mentors majoring in STEM. Before coming to UC San Diego, Mandy earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and served as a senior faculty member in Psychology and Human Development and Interim Associate Dean at Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice. She also earned a Public Leadership Credential from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Mandy has sailed around the world three times with the Semester at Sea Global Studies Program and serves as president emeritus of its alumni association and as an ex officio member of its Board of Trustees. She holds an academic appointment as a Continuing Lecturer. Her primary interests as a scholar, teacher, practitioner, and global citizen include sustainable development, gender, leadership, ethics, and advancing social and environmental justice.

  • Barb Donovan - Student Services Advisor and Program Specialist

    Barb Donovan - Student Services Advisor and Program Specialist

    Barb has been with the Global TIES program for nine years now. She works with all academic departments across campus advising how ENG100D and ENG100L work with technical electives for most majors.  She also handles the operational side of the house which includes building the schedule for all classes, enrollment management, managing the lab, handling all reimbursements and team purchases as well as travel. With the addition of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program and the Center for Global Sustainable Development, she will also be managing the social media and website development for these new groups. 

    Barb, who has a Masters Degree in Education, has worked with UC San Diego for ten years.  Her other roles were within Engineering Student Services as a Student Recruitment Officer and a COSMOS Teacher Fellow. She enjoys cycling, body boarding and yoga and used to own a small ice cream business across from campus named Lil' Dipper.

  • Ryan Mancinelli - Lecturer

    Ryan Mancinelli - Lecturer

    Ryan has served as an HR Leader at IBM for many years and in his current role, serves as Chief of Staff to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. In addition to his full-time role at IBM, Ryan is a lecturer in UCSD's Global TIES (Teams in Engineering Service) program which partners interdisciplinary teams of UC San Diego students with nonprofits and NGOs to co-create solutions to socially urgent problems in San Diego and the developing world. Ryan is a graduate of IBM's Human Resources Leadership Development Program (HRLDP), a multi-year global rotational program dedicated to accelerating the skill development and leadership capability of select individuals. Ryan is also an alumnus of IBM's Corporate Service Corps (deployed to Jujuy, Argentina in May-June 2017) which selects, trains, and then dispatches leaders to emerging markets around the world. Participants spend four weeks in country; helping to solve a range of problems in their selected communities, working with local governments, universities, and business groups on a variety of initiatives. Ryan is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California (May 2021 graduation) and holds an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University (2013) and a B.A. in Psychology, Marketing, & English from the University of Miami (2010). Ryan is passionate about giving back to the community and improving outcomes at a local level. He is deeply interested in human resource management, sustainable development, organizational and team dynamics, leadership and talent management.

  • Anh-Thu Ngo - Lecturer

    Anh-Thu Ngo - Lecturer

    Dr. Anh-Thu Ngo is a Lecturer with Global TIES. She became involved with service learning as a college student through Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative. She studied Anthropology, which has been a natural conduit for direct community-based research and learning. After college, she participated in a six-week, hands-on irrigation project with Engineers Without Borders in rural Arsi Negele in southeastern Ethiopia. She then earned her Ph.D. at Harvard in Social Anthropology, where she conducted field research as a Fulbright grantee in Vietnam. As a doctoral student, she was a teaching assistant for Dr. Paul Farmer’s popular undergraduate course on Global Health and later developed her own at The College of New Jersey. She has worked with a variety of education nonprofits and has sustained engagement with the public interest sector. Anh-Thu recently re-settled to California from the New York metro area, by way of Austin, Texas.