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Michal McElwain Malur

Director of External Programs


Michal McElwain Malur is the Director of External Programs for the Schar School of Policy and Government. After joining the Schar School of Policy and Government in 1995, she has served in several leadership roles, including running the Center for Regional Analysis Survey Research Center and serving as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Mason Enterprise Center. Currently, Michal directs yearly international trade and management short courses for the Master of Public Policy programs in China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Southeast Asia and to Oxford University, England.

Michal also serves as the School’s liaison with the International Institute for Regional Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Economic Development Coalition and was previously on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Border Trade Alliance and the County Executives of America. Michal served as Director of Economic Development for the City of Manassas Park.

Michal has extensive experience in strategic planning and communications strategies, establishing networks, policy analysis, hosting international delegation visits, and directing large-scale events. Her academic interests focus on the economic development of regions, including the role of technology, entrepreneurship and institutional development. She has served as a consultant to the Trading Force Limited in London; William-Lynn-James and the Blue Water Bridge Authority in Sarnia, Canada; K. Services International in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy.

Prior to her current post at George Mason University, Michal taught at the La Universidad de Negocios de Asturias in Asturias, Spain.

Michal received her master’s degree in Regional Economic Development and her BA in International Studies from George Mason University.