Edith Cecil is IIE's Senior Vice President, Program Management, Government. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight of multiple program Divisions including Professional and Global Exchange Programs, the International Visitor Leadership Program, the Fulbright Teacher's Program, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program and numerous corporate and foundation scholarship and development programs globally. Ms. Cecil is responsible for the operations of IIE's offices located in Houston and San Francisco and program staff and consultants worldwide and leads many of the Institute's higher education programs in the Middle East and Gulf Region. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight of IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives and the management of the Higher Education Readiness Program (HER) in Ethiopia.

Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Cecil was Director of Washington DC operations for Concurrent Technologies Corporation, a large non-profit organization focused on finding solutions to global environmental industrial and technology issues. She was also the Founding Executive Director of the United States Environmental Training Institute (USETI), a non-profit organization that developed training and outreach programs for government, private sector and NGO officials globally to promote the appropriate application of environmental technologies and management solutions. Prior to USETI, Ms. Cecil was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development between 1990 and 1992 and Manager, Corporate Communications at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Ms. Cecil holds a M.A. in geography and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.