Jason Patent, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership
Jason Patent, Ph.D, Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building International House’s existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of International House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, higher education institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations. With decades of experience in training and facilitation, Jason delivers high-quality intercultural consulting and training to individuals and teams across a variety of sectors.
Jason has served as American Co-Director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; Inaugural Director of the Stanford Program in Beijing; Training Consultant at Gap International, Cartus, ITAP International, IOR Associates, Dean Foster Associates; and Vice President, Communications & Marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. Fluent in Mandarin, Jason has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, an M.A. in the same field from Stanford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley.Contact Jason:
Grace Michel, Assistant Director
Grace Michel, M.A. is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).Grace Michel is a facilitator and educator with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. 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.
Phone: (510) 643-3124
Briana Bellamy, Intercultural Training Specialist
Briana Bellamy is an Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). Her work is driven by a strong commitment to enhancing global understanding and uplifting diversity in its many forms. Briana draws on over 10 years of coaching and facilitation experience rooted in intercultural leadership and adult development, somatic psychology, popular education, mindfulness, restorative justice, and equity and inclusion with a global lens. Before joining the CIL team, she worked for 7 years in Nepal; first in non-formal adult education, and later leading and designing culturally immersive experiential education programs. In the U.S., Briana has worked as an educator and advocate for youth affected by the foster care and juvenile justice systems as well as LGBTQ and immigrant youth. She is entrepreneurial in spirit and created a leadership coaching and consulting business in the Bay Area, supporting individuals and organizations to navigate complexity in relationships and strengthen the impact of their work. She also serves as a founding board member of the Healing and Reconciliation Institute (HRI), a non-profit using evidence-based reconciliation tools and practices to heal racial and historical divides. Briana has her B.A. in Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies from Bryn Mawr College and is enlivened by a continual pursuit of life-long learning
Miranda Loos, Business Development Specialist
Miranda Loos, M.A., is the Business Development Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL). She oversees CIL development and stakeholder engagement strategy and implementation. Prior to joining the CIL team, she worked as the University Relations Manager at the Global Internship Program in San Francisco. A New York native, she was the ESL School Director for Kaplan International Centers in New York City. She also spent 2 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.
Phone: (510) 642-9481
Edem Yevoo, Administrative and Program Assistant
Edem was born in Ghana and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Edem’s various cultural experiences growing up in Ghana and studying abroad in Ecuador, inspired him to become an informed global citizen and leader and is a strong advocate for intercultural leadership development.