Ana-Maria Dimand is a doctoral candidate in the Public Affairs Ph.D. program at FIU. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B) from the Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a legal advisor for a central government organization in Bucharest, Romania, specializing in public procurement. After serving as the Head of the Public Procurement office, she went on to pursue a Ph.D. Degree in public affairs at FIU. Her dissertation explores the intersection of public procurement, environmental policy and inter-government collaboration. She has also conducted research related to sustainability, local government innovation and organizational behavior. Ana is proficient in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian.