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Inaugural Monterey Threat Financing Forum March 20-22

The Middlebury Institute Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism is hosting the Monterey Threat Financing Forum this March. The event will take place on the Monterey campus and feature experts from government, FinTech, and the finance industry. The event is geared towards professionals in the threat finance, sanctions, and anti-money laundering fields with 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Current graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

The Middlebury Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism (CTEC) and its Financial Crime Management program are hosting the first Monterey Threat Financing Forum (MTFF), an ambitious international conference featuring government and private sector speakers in the field of counter-terrorism financing, counter-proliferation financing, threat financing investigations, and sanctions compliance. The conference will be held on the Institute’s Monterey campus on March 20-22.

“We’re excited to be hosting this inaugural event,” says Professor Moyara Ruehsen, director of the Financial Crime Management Certificate. “No other educational institution can match the Middlebury Institute’s curricular focus and expertise when it comes to threat financing. And thanks to our sponsors, we’re also excited to be able to provide this learning and networking opportunity to professionals in the field at minimal cost.”

“One of CTEC’s three core focus areas is threat finance and sanctions,” adds CTEC Director Jason Blazakis. “The discussion led by top notch experts in the area of sanctions and threat finance at the MTFF fits squarely within the CTEC mission.” Participants can earn 12 Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credits by attending this conference.

Organizers announced this week that the keynote speaker will be Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury Andrea Gacki. OFAC is the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing economic sanctions on behalf of the U.S. government. Before joining OFAC 10 years ago, Gacki spent eight years at the Department of Justice’s Civil Division in the Federal Programs Branch. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Participants can earn 12 Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credits by attending this conference. Sessions will cover the latest sanctions evasion typologies, and how blockchain forensics can trace cryptocurrency transactions, supplemented by break-out workshops that offer the chance to analyze a fictitious terrorism financing case, trace the transnational workings of a real North Korean proliferation-financing operation, and learn how network analysis tools can aid investigators.

For the full agenda and more information about the conference visit the Monterey Threat Financing Forum website.

Monterey welcomes 11 College students for JTerm programs

College students complete the FMS Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing. Pictured left to right: Julien Souffrant, Peter Davis, James Scott, Matthew Lantin, Grant Schultz, and Kwame Mukasa. Photo taken by MIIS graduate student Erwin Alberty (MIDD ’06).

The Middlebury Institute welcomed six Middlebury College undergraduates for the Frontier Market Scouts Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing in addition to five students participating in the Program on Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI.

This was the largest number of College students to date participating in on-campus Monterey programs during January. This is due to the Frontier Market Scouts program admitting undergraduates from the College for the first time.

The College students participated alongside Middlebury Institute graduate students and current professionals in both the FMS and DPMI programs. They were a welcome addition to both programs!

Staff Advisory Team Announces Spring Staff Meet-Up Schedule and Training Opportunties

MIIS staff are encouraged to save the date for these spring events. Please visit for past meeting notes and more information.

Future Staff Meet-Ups (12-1pm in MG 102)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Project Management Workshop

Tuesday, January 15

10:30-12pm, CF 452

Sign up:

Oratory Now Workshop

Monday, February 4

10:30-12pm, Morse B106

Sign up: (space is limited to 18 participants)

MIIS Community Surpasses Food Bank Donation Goal

The Middlebury Institute community collected 624 pounds of food for The Food Bank for Monterey County, whizzing by its 500 pound goal.

The campaign kicked-off with a presentation by Food Bank for Monterey County Executive Director Melissa Kendrick ’94 during the annual MIIS Staff Halloween party.

Naomi Braswell coordinated the effort and shared this message with faculty and staff:

“Simply put, if it wasn’t for our wonderful Staff and Faculty, we couldn’t and wouldn’t have made a dent in the much needed food donations. So thank you for supplying the can foods, dry foods and cash donations that we needed to make a difference in the lives of those who struggle with hunger, right here in our own County and local community. Your generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of those that these donations feed and enable many to gather around their tables for a wholesome meal this holiday season in an atmosphere of dignity and respect!”

MIIS faculty and staff interested in volunteering at the Food Bank for Monterey County can contact:

Sandra Nunez at (831) 758-1523 |
Stephanie Robles (831) 758-1523 |

SAT November Meeting Notes and December 4 Save the Date

The Middlebury Institute Staff Advisory Team (SAT) would like to share the following updates:

1.) November Staff Meet-Up recording and notes are available on our blog.

2.) Save the date for our December 4 meeting from 12-1pm in MG 102. This meeting will feature presentations from Jeff Dayton-Johnson on our financial sustainability goals and Patricia Szasz on the new structure of Language and Professional Programs.

Learn more about SAT and other staff news in our monthly newsletters.

MIIS Open House at the Monterey Sports Center

Save the date! The Office of Student Services, in collaboration with the Vice President’s Office, invites you to the Monterey Sports Center on Sunday, October 14 between 6:30pm and 8:30pm for a MIIS-only open house night.

After closing for the evening, the Sports Center will reopen its doors at 6:30pm for Middlebury Institute community members only. Staff, Faculty and Students are all invited, and we encourage you to bring your family members, partners and guests. Children are welcome to join with their parents! Bring your student, staff or faculty ID for entry; all guests must arrive with their accompanying host.

Stop by 301 E. Franklin Street between 6:30pm and 8:30pm to:

  • Try a Sports Center sampler class
  • Experience an intro to Kettlebell Flow class
  • Play indoor soccer with the MIIS Globadores Futbol Club
  • Enjoy the hot sauna and pool area (including the kids pool for those with children!)
  • Grab a snack at the indoor Café
  • Try out your regular workout in the Sports Center’s fully equipped workout rooms, mat areas and weight room
  • Check out the facilities at the Sports Center and consider a membership

We will follow up with you shortly to provide a full schedule of activities and classes being offered during the Open House.


Alisyn Gruener

Assistant Dean of Student Life and Engagement

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

460 Pierce Street

Monterey, CA 93940

831-647-6583 |

MIIS Staff Advisory Team Posts Monthly Meeting Agenda

The MIIS Staff Advisory team will post agenda items for monthly meetings (the first Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm in MG 102) the week before the meeting on our updated WordPress site.

Upcoming events including an Open House sponsored by Student Services at the Monterey SportsCenter located at 301 E. Franklin Street in downtown Monterey Sunday, October 14 from approximately 5:30-7:30pm. Faculty, staff, and families are encouraged to attend. This event is free to the MIIS community.