A staff with more than 20 years of experience in international education is available in the CDE building during weekdays and on call for emergencies throughout the year. The administrative staff assists in the admission process, issues visa forms, makes travel arrangements, arranges fieldtrips, guest speakers and special events, and the general operation of the CDE. The staff is also available for personal consultation with students.

Gerard Caprio, Professor Economics

Chair, Executive Committee
University of Michigan, PhD, Economics, 1976
University of Michigan, M.A., Economics, 1974
Williams College, B.A., Economics, 1972

Professor Caprio has been the chair of the CDE since 2006 when he joined the faculty of Williams College after 17 years at the World Bank.
email: [email protected]

Link to Professor Caprio’s homepage


Thomas Powers, Director

Harvard University, M.B.A., 1987
Williams College, B.A., Economics, 1981

Mr. Powers has managed the CDE’s finances, recruiting, admissions, and daily operations since he joined in 1999 as Director. For fifteen years before that, he worked in emerging markets finance in New York and London and also in municipal finance while based in San Francisco. He gained experience as a school administrator during service in the US Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, Africa, in the early 1980s.

email: [email protected]


Rachel Louis, Assistant Director

Yale University, M.A., 1999
Yale University, M.E.S., 1999
Kenyon College, B.A., International Studies, 1992

Ms. Louis joined the CDE in 2008 following 7 years of employment at Williams College in the Center for Environmental Studies and the Project on the Economics of Higher Education. She works primarily in recruiting and admissions, guiding prospective candidates through the many steps of applying for admission and securing funding. She also works with fellows once they are enrolled to help them optimize their experiences at the CDE.

email: [email protected]


Karima Barrow, Assistant Director

Georgetown University, M.S., 2003
Princeton University, B.A., Anthropology, 1999

Ms. Barrow joined the CDE in 2010 after 7 years of employment as a Senior Research Analyst and consultant for the Education Policy and Data Center at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Washington, DC. At CDE her main responsibilities are in the areas of student services and support. Additionally, Ms. Barrow assists in planning various CDE events aimed at connecting faculty, staff, the local community and CDE fellows in mutual intellectual and social exchanges pertaining to the Center.

email: [email protected]

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