Mary Anne Walker serves as the Director of Global Engineering Programs at Michigan State University, jointly funded with MSU’s International Studies and Programs. She has been working in the field of international development, research, education and training for more than 20 years. Her passion is in working with faculty and student innovators on applied learning endeavors engaging global partners. Mary Anne has taught and consulted on topics of community and economic development, financing public/private alliances through building extensive networks.
Mary Anne did her undergraduate work at Northeastern University (Comparative Int’l Politics) studied abroad through London School of Economics & Kings College with graduate work at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (U.S. Foreign Policy), in Madrid, Spain (language pedagogy) and American University (International Law and Organizations). She also served as a Fellow to the United Nations University. After working 5 years with Sherin & Lodgen, a law firm in Boston, she joined US Agency for International Development's Europe & New Independent States Bureau. She specialized in education and training programs, economic development, rule of law initiatives and finished her tenure with USAID serving as a Senior Democracy officer in Zagreb, Croatia managing projects that aided civil society development.
In 2000, she started-up and directed the MSU Office of International Development, supporting multidisciplinary international research and project initiatives with partners around the world, significantly contributing to the growth of MSU’s international research and development programs and partnerships. In late 2009, Mary Anne moved to MSUglobal where she was the Director of Business Development, helping to build new research projects using technology in higher education. She was jointly appointed as the Director of the Global Institute for Higher Education, an entrepreneurial unit addressing scholarly challenges in higher education administration with partner networks. In 2012, Mary Anne took on another start-up position within MSU to advance international STEM engineering research and education programs as the Director of Global Engineering.
Mary Anne has been engaged with APLU’s Commission on International Initiatives for the past 14 years, supporting and leading efforts focused on internationalizing higher education and currently serves on the CII Executive Committee. She also served 5 years on the Board of Directors of MSU’s international development student association; she currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the MSU Institute of International Health and MSU’s Visiting International Professional Program.