Shelley Ranii was the former Senior Program Coordinator for the Global Development program at CIC. Shelley has worked at The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., Grupo Financiero Banorte in Mexico City, Mexico and at the U.S. Department of Defense as a Social Science Analyst covering Iraq and Afghanistan, including a 5 month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan during which she was awarded the U.S. Department of the Army Superior Civilian Award and the Global War on Terrorism Medal for conducting innovative analysis in a combat zone. Among Shelley’s research and policy interests are issues related to economic development, international security and areas in which the two issues intersect including promoting sustainable economic development and peacebuilding efforts in fragile and conflict states.
Shelley holds an MA in International Economics and International Relations with a regional focus on Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was awarded the Philip Merrill Fellowship for the Best Essay on the Practice of American Diplomacy from the American Academy of Diplomacy and also served as a graduate teaching assistant in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics. She also holds a BA cum laude in Government from Harvard University and speaks Spanish and Italian.