Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder
Andrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Diversity Abroad. As an international education expert, he has written and spoken extensively on topics pertaining to access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in international education. With a passion for international education Andrew founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds be equipped with the skills and experience to compete in the 21st century global marketplace. Currently Andrew is responsible for the daily operations at Diversity Abroad and serves as the chief national advocate for promoting diversity and inclusive excellence within international education.
A native of San Diego, CA, Andrew is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and studied and interned abroad in Mexico and Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and Portuguese and has traveled throughout Europe, South America, and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Based on his extensive experience abroad Andrew fully appreciates the value of international education and the power it has to prepare young people for leadership in an increasingly interconnected world.
Andrew has consulted higher education institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies on developing strategies for increasing access to international education for diverse, first generation and high financial need students. He is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, AIEA, EAIE, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Andrew is an alumnus of INROADS and Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC).
Dr. Jinous Kasravi, Director of Membership and Community
Dr. Jinous Kasravi began her work in the field advising low-income high school students and access to higher education for this population. She expanded on this during her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and focused her research on increasing the numbers of underrepresented students in study abroad programs and has published and presented extensively on this topic. Her passion for the field of international education was ignited due to her own lived experiences growing up in Iran, Spain, and Canada before finally settling in southern California. Jinous is fluent in French and Farsi, and has studied and worked abroad in Paris, Brussels, and Senegal.
Before joining Diversity Abroad, Jinous was the Director of Program Evaluation and University Outreach for the Kuwait Cultural Office in Los Angeles and prior to that the Director of the Education Abroad Program at the University of California – San Diego. She brings those skills into this role as Director of Membership and Community to help and engage members in the resources available to them through the Diversity Network. She has worked with both inbound and outbound students throughout her professional career and is passionate about increasing access and diversity.
Asia King, Senior Coordinator for Marketing and Communications
Asia King (she/her) is excited to join Diversity Abroad as the Learning and Development Coordinator. Asia first began her journey as a Global Citizen through a summer intensive language program in Costa Rica during 6th grade. Shortly after this experience, Asia’s family relocated to the Dominican Republic where she developed a love of tostones, Latin culture, and Spanish language. All of these experiences led her to redefine where “home” is for her so that it can always be the place where her community is. She is excited to continue to incorporate community into how we understand diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Asia has worked in international education since 2019 where she began her career as Programs Coordinator in the Office of International Services at North Carolina State University. Asia enjoys spending her time competing in Catan qualifiers, having quality time with friends and loved ones, or listening to podcasts on personal finance.
Dr. Lily Lopez-McGee, Executive Director
Dr. Lily Lopez-McGee (she/her) has dedicated more than a decade to capacity building, diversity, equity, and inclusion within international education and exchange and U.S. national security and foreign policy. Prior to joining Diversity Abroad, Dr. Lopez-McGee served as the director of the nationally-recognized Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program based at Howard University where she managed a vital pipeline of diverse, talented U.S. diplomats. She also empowers and educates future leaders as an adjunct professor at American University’s International Teaching and Education Master’s Program.
Prior to her work at Howard University, Dr. Lopez-McGee served as manager at Diversity Abroad where she managed the Diversity Abroad Network, a professional network of institutions of higher education, and oversaw the development of the Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in International Education (AIDE) Roadmap (now the Global Equity and Inclusion Scorecard), the first assessment tool developed to evaluate diversity and inclusion efforts in study abroad offices at U.S. institutions. Dr. Lopez-McGee also previously worked at UNCF Special Programs Corporation where she worked with minority-serving institutions on capacity-building efforts related to campus internationalization and grant management.
Dr. Lopez-McGee is a scholar, researcher, and speaker on the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion, international education and exchange, and careers in international affairs. Dr. Lopez-McGee has published in industry and academic journals including Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Global Impact Exchange, and the IIE Networker. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the Global Access Pipeline and has helped coordinate the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.
She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s in International Relations and master’s in Public Administration. She completed her doctoral work at George Mason University where she studied students’ perceived self-efficacy gains from study abroad. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for young people to gain international credentials. Dr. Lopez-McGee is based in Washington, D.C.
Lizzy Monroe, Associate Director, Learning & Development
Lizzy is the Associate Director for Learning and Development, overseeing the creation, maintenance, and assessment of Diversity Abroad’s learning and development activities. She was initially drawn to the field of International Education through her undergraduate studies in Archaeology. While participating in overseas archaeological excavations in Italy, Mauritius, and Peru, she was confronted with evidence of power structures and inequality that shaped these research projects, local tourism, and the surrounding communities. Ultimately, she found herself more drawn to researching these power structures, their roots, and their persisting legacies than to the findings from the digs themselves. This led her to pursue a Master’s degree in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. Through this program and in the years since, she has worked to explore pedagogical approaches to addressing issues of domestic and global inequality and marginalization, using international education as a tool to confront these structural issues.
Before joining Diversity Abroad, Lizzy was the on-site Resident Assistant for Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town and later served as the Program Advisor for their programs in Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, and South Africa. She also worked at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as their Assistant Director of Global Experiences, coaching student leadership teams in the design and delivery of international programming and creation of inclusive business communities.
Originally from Eugene, OR, she now lives in New Haven, VT, with her fiancée and their very spoiled dog.
Victoria Pope, Operations Coordinator
Victoria is a native of Athens, Georgia and a graduate of The University of Georgia. She graduated from UGA in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication Studies. She began her post college career working at UGA as an administrative specialist in the Environmental Health Sciences department. However, she soon found a passion for teaching English while volunteering at the local Hispanic library and later pursued teaching English internationally in South Korea and Spain for 6 years. Through her international work she became interesting in promoting global education opportunities more broadly and helping to facilitate global education. She hopes to continue to serve in roles that contribute to the facilitation of international learning opportunities.
Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes, Partner Outreach and Success Manager
Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes is thrilled to join Diversity Abroad as the Partner Outreach and Success Manager. Most recently he served as the Associate Manager of Marketing Capabilities at Keurig Dr. Pepper where he cultivated, recruited and onboarded diverse talent by working collaboratively with university partners and corporate ERG’s. Previously, he led MBA recruitment efforts at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business and established TCU’s first Hispanic Graduate Scholarship. Before relocating to Dallas-Fort Worth, Enrique began his career in global education working for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) in Washington, D.C. where he collaborated with higher education institutions to advance global education in international affairs.
Enrique earned his bachelors in International Business and International Affairs from Baldwin Wallace University and is currently a MBA candidate at Texas Christian University. He’s a Michigander at heart but now calls Texas home where he lives with his wife, seven month old German Shepherd, and is expecting the arrival of his first born son. He enjoys traveling, building and riding bikes and spending time with family.
Eden Taylor, Senior Coordinator for Marketing and Communications
Eden Taylor serves as the Senior Coordinator for Marketing and Communications. Prior to Diversity Abroad she served as the Senior Program Coordinator for Education Abroad at Boise State University. Her passion for international education began in 2012 when she attended Cottey College, an internationally focused women’s college in Missouri. Eden studied abroad through a direct exchange program in 2014 in Aberystwyth, Wales and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.
Eden has 7 years of experience in international education program development, partner relations, marketing and communications, student advising, program evaluation, team building and leadership. She is passionate about creating access to global engagement opportunities for students from all backgrounds.
Eden resides in her hometown of Boise, Idaho and enjoys cooking, camping, and taking her two year old German Shorthair Pointer on outdoor adventures!