Mavis has covered U.S. policy toward Cuba since 1997, cultivating congressional, organizational and grassroots support for the LAWG coalition’s efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba. In the past, she has also worked on U.S. policy toward Venezuela and other issues. Prior to her work with LAWG, Mavis was the program director for International Travel Seminars at the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, where she worked since 1982. During part of her time with the Center for Global Education, Mavis lived in El Salvador from 1988-1990, where she founded and coordinated the Center’s El Salvador educational programs. A mid-westerner, Mavis received her Master’s degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she focused her studies on international development.