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Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Tim Lynch, Events Manager

Jason Patent, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building I-House's existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of I-House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, and external businesses and non-profit organizations.

Jason has an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard, a Master’s degree in the same field from Stanford University, and he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. Jason is known for his ability to teach and to find practical uses for theoretical concepts. He is committed to using his skills and experiences to foster understanding and successful collaboration among international populations. His previous professional roles include: American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director, Beijing Center, Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program; Consultant at Gap International; Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. When he’s not at work or out running on the Bay Trail or in the Berkeley hills, Jason enjoys relaxing with his wife and two daughters.


Lauren Moloney-Egnatios

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios, M.A., is the Facilitator for the Intercultural Leadership Initiative certificate program for residents at International House Berkeley. As an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), she designs and delivers intercultural workshops to corporate and non-profit clients, as well as to U.C. Berkeley staff and students. Prior to joining the CIL team, she consulted for various organizations, and advised and developed programs in the Global Engagement Office at Santa Clara University and in American University's Career Center. Fluent in Spanish, Lauren spent four years working in Spain as a cross-cultural trainer, ESL instructor, and developer of international exchange programs for low-income youth. She has also worked and studied in Lebanon, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and briefly in China. With ten years of experience in the fields of international and intercultural education, and organizational leadership, as a researcher, consultant, educator, and student, she has honed a passion for developing global leaders and skills for helping others effectively engage with difference.

Lauren received a Masters of Arts in International Communication and Education from the School of International Service at American University and a B.A. in Organizational Development and Spanish at the University of Michigan. When not working, Lauren enjoys taking long hikes, exploring new lands and cultures, cooking, reading, learning languages, reveling in music, singing, dancing, playing tennis, soccer, and ice hockey, and striving to try something new every day.

Miranda Loos

Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House Berkeley. She is responsible for engaging external stakeholders to participate in CIL programs. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at Dream Careers Global Internship Programs in San Francisco. A New York native, she was the ESL School Director for Kaplan International Centers in SoHo, NYC. She also spent two years teaching English in Japan, which ignited her passion and interest to pursue an industry that facilitates intercultural engagement and understanding. 


Miranda received a Master of Arts in International Education and Development from New York University and studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, music and exploring the Bay Area with friends.


Grace Michel

Grace Michel is a facilitator and educator with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. Grace currently serves as the Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at UC Berkeley’s International House. In this role, she designs and delivers experiential workshops and courses to help people build skills to work effectively across cultural differences and lead global and multicultural teams.  She has extensive experience in intercultural communication, leadership development, social innovation, and peace education, and has worked primarily as a trainer/facilitator, program director, and consultant.

After completing her MA in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego, Grace served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at USD, where she helped students launch social enterprises and gain entrepreneurship skills for positive social impact. Grace then went on to fulfill a lifelong goal of living and working in Burma/Myanmar, the country of her mother’s origin, where she designed curricula to promote peaceful coexistence and conducted education policy research. She has also volunteered extensively with communities of refugees from Burma in the U.S. 

Grace also spent several years working in Lima, Peru, as a community educator focused on youth development and women’s empowerment.

Outside of the office, Grace can be found spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cycling, crafting, and exploring theater as a vehicle for social change.