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Board of Trustees

Teo Baldwin (President)

New Haven Fire Department


Lauren Mednick 

Elm City Internationals 


Karin Render 

Yale University

Alexis Smith

New Haven Legal Assistance

Maura Mastrony

Littler Mendelson P.C.


Michelle Mayes

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Sam Gold

Lauren ECI profile.jpg

 Founder and Executive Director


Lauren founded Elm City Internationals in 2008.  She was inspired by her experiences teaching in rural Ecuador, working with refugee students in Denmark, teaching and coaching soccer to refugee students in New Haven, and also by having attended New Haven Public Schools through middle school and a private college preparatory high school and seeing the disparities between the two. 


Lauren received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in psychology and her MA degree from New York University in International Education Policy. 

Coach Rob

Head Soccer Coach, Head Mentor

Coach Rob grew up playing soccer "on the streets of Brazil". He grew up around the sport helping his dad coach in the state of Sao Paulo Brazil. Not only does Coach Rob have a passion for the art of the sport, but more importantly has a passion for inspiring each of his players through the sport. 

Mohamed Kane

Director of ECI Remote Resource Academy

Mohamed is an ECI alum who grew up in New Haven, CT. He is the first Director of ECI's new Remote Resource Academy which opened to address the fact that the majority of ECI students are currently participating in "remote schooling" due to the pandemic. ECI is thrilled to have Mohamed back in this capacity and the students are lucky to have his guidance.


Mohamed received his BA from Dickinson College in International Business and Management.

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