Malinda Hughes joined the Office of Academic Affairs as an Academic Program Manager in 2011. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University, after which she worked as a critical care nurse at leading medical institutions including New York University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Medical Center, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland Medical Center. Ms. Hughes also was a researcher at the Health Care Advisory Board on Capitol Hill, where she wrote numerous papers on healthcare issues and policies. She obtained a Master’s in Publications Design at the University of Baltimore, concentrating in electronic media, and worked as a Web developer and content editor for RWD Technologies. In her free time, Ms. Hughes enjoys spending time with her family and playing the alto saxophone.