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Ashley Prather Spinelli

Director, Global Engagement Office
Ashley provides strategic advising and support to the UC Berkeley senior leadership, faculty, staff and current and prospective partner institutions on international visits and academic collaborations. Prior to joining UC Berkeley in 2018, she held program development and partnership management roles with a study abroad provider that partners with UC Berkeley and UCEAP, and managed Fulbright research exchanges with the Institute of International Education (IIE). Ashley has supported international partnerships, research exchanges, and study abroad programs globally. She holds an M.A. in International Educational Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Global Studies and Italian Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She enjoys working with faculty, staff, and senior administration to strengthen Berkeley's international ecosystem. 


Alice Chia-Hua Tsai

Global Engagement Specialist
Alice joined the Global Engagement Office in 2019 after serving as Program Manager of the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), a central hub of global research and education at Berkeley designed to promote research collaboration and graduate student education. Prior to UC Berkeley, Alice worked extensively in higher education administration and admissions as well as in the private sector, promoting language learning and international exchange initiatives. Alice holds an M.S. in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University in the US as well as an M.S. in International Marketing from Sheffield-Hallam University in the UK.


Chris Reed

Global Engagement Coordinator

Chris started as the Global Engagement Coordinator in 2022, where he is excited to continue his long-term commitment to supporting research and transnational ties in the field of higher education. He previously worked for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a funding agency affiliated with the government of Japan which has an office in downtown Berkeley. Before that he worked for the Asahi Shimbun of Japan, a daily newspaper, where he covered tech and business. He has also spent time working as a Japanese to English translator. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Waseda University, and a B.A. in Japanese Studies from UC Davis.

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