Mihaela holds a PhD. from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, with a MA in European and Romanian Politics, and a BA both in Political Science and Law. Her thesis presented a comprehrensive account of comparative indicators of local political communist elite conversion at the sub-national level. Her main research interests are elite studies, european studies, public administration, European funds management, rural development and comparative politics. She published a couple of articles on local public administration, local elite, democratic consolidation, europeanization. As work experience, she was Consultant on European Funds, and other financing opportunities through Ministry of Finance and others. The main tasks were the preparation of complete documentation on accessing funds, develop procurement budgets in compliance with customer needs, sending and resolving subsequent clarifications requested by the Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Implementing Units.