Xiaojie (Rita) Ma holds a M.A. in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and a B.A. in English from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and has used both languages in 10 years of work both in the U.S. and in China in international trade and project negotiation and implementation. She has worked for the UCLA Confucius Institute since September, 2008.