About AFS

AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit leader in intercultural learning. We offer international exchange programs in more than 40 countries through a global network of independent, non-profit AFS Organizations, each with a professionally staffed office and a team of dedicated volunteers. We’ve been facilitating life-changing opportunities abroad for more than 70 years with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service.

AFS-USA Mission

AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

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Previous Annual Reports:

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime. Today’s exchange students are tomorrow’s changemakers: diplomats; thought leaders; influencers in the international business and non-profit communities. Every new exchange student is another global citizen in progress—an individual primed to help build a more just and peaceful world.

And the impact doesn’t stop with the students. Host families’ lives are transformed by new members from across the globe and host communities gain greater cultural diversity. That’s THE AFS EFFECT.

AFS-USA Board of Directors

  • Joan Bowman Siegel, Chair
  • Ambassador William Eaton, Vice Chair
  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney
  • Lauren Berry, Recent Returnee Advisor to the AFS-USA Board of Directors
  • Emily Betz-Close
  • Allen Clutter
  • Diana Deem
  • Emre Evren
  • Jed Hepworth
  • Laura Legel
  • Eric Lomeli
  • Debra Maly
  • Krishen Mehta
  • Robert Stableski
  • Matthew van Steenwyk
  • Amber Wessels
  • Wim Wiewel

To contact the Board, email board.afsusa@afs.org

AFS-USA Executive Staff

  • Jorge Castro, President
  • Marlene Baker, Chief Development, Alumni Relations and Corporate Communications Officer
  • Keri Dooley, Chief Government Relations and Sponsored Programs Officer
  • John Duban, Chief Field Operations and Marketing Officer
  • Susan Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer
  • Tara Hofmann, Chief Operations and Organizational Development Officer


AFS is audited annually and complies with the program standards set forth by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).