Experienced as a journalist and translator, Michael Mehen is currently working towards a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. From 2007 to 2010, Michael Mehen served as Journalist and Copyeditor with the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also researched and wrote news briefs related to corruption and organized crime in South East Europe which were disseminated on the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project website.
Mr. Mehen earned his Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He subsequently completed a Master of Arts in English Literature at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From 2004 to 2005, he held responsibilities with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) as Housing Advocate. Working with New England’s largest anti-poverty nonprofit, he assisted homeless families at Crittenton Shelter in attaining public housing. Michael Mehen evaluated applications, frequently serving as a Spanish interpreter during interviews. He also represented ABCD on pending state budgetary matters at Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless meetings.
During his six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michael Mehen held a position as Foreign Lecturer in English at the University of Sarajevo. He developed and implemented lesson plans focused on diverse aspects of English literature, including prose structure, style, and essay composition. Since 2005, Mr. Mehen has additionally undertaken assignments as a freelance Bosnian-English translator. He has completed work for clients such as the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development. Mehen notably co-translated the volume “Communication and Community: Citizens, Media, and Local Governance in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (Editor: Tarik Jusic, Mediacentar Sarajevo, 2011), available at: http://analitika.ba/files/Communication%20and%20Community%20ENGL%20Final%207feb2