Grants and Programs Staff
Aurora Carmichael is the Director of the Office of Grants and Programs at American University Washington College of Law. She joined the staff in 1995 and is responsible for directing the law school's grantseeking efforts which seek to increase and manage external awards and contracts in support of research, training, instruction, and international programs. In 1997, she was awarded the University Award for Outstanding Staff Performance.
Aurora came to Washington, D.C. in 1992, after being selected by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for a public policy fellowship and, thereafter, held positions with the Office of Senator Claiborne Pell from Rhode Island, the Special Assignment Unit at Cable News Network (CNN), and the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where she received her A.B. in the Social Science Field with an emphasis in International Relations and also studied the law and economics of international relations at the Institute of Political Science at the Université de Lyon, Lumiére II in Lyon, France. She completed an M.B.A. at the Kogod School of Business at American University with a specialization in International Business and is fluent in French and Spanish.
Melissa Hippler is the Grant Coordinator in the Office of Grants and Programs. She has many years of professional experience in development, fundraising, and management for environmental, human rights, and social justice nongovernmental organizations. Most recently, she served nearly 14 years as Director of Development for the Center for International Environmental Law. Other institutions Melissa has worked for include Ozone Action, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and Environmental Support Center.
At WCL, Melissa provides pre-award as well as post-award support to the law school community.
Marcie Neil is the Project Coordinator in the Office of Grants and Programs. Previously, she coordinated programs and outreach for an energy conservation consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. Along with the environment, Marcie is passionate about international education and cultural exchange. She studied abroad in central Mexico, and later returned to coordinate cultural events and media for a government-sponsored youth institute. Marcie received BA’s in Spanish and Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations, from the University of Oregon.