About AFS


AFS-USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to build a more just and peaceful world through international education and exchange. We provide life-changing intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global network of independent, nonprofit AFS organizations, each with a professionally staffed office and a team of dedicated volunteers.


AFS-USA honors the legacy of its founders—volunteer WWI and WWII American Field Service ambulance drivers—who emerged from the wars with a bold mission: to help prevent future conflict through educational and cross-cultural exchanges.

More than 70 years later, the AFS Mission continues to respond to the needs of an increasingly complex world, offering programs abroad in more than 50 countries and hosting international students from more than 80 countries. True to the spirit of our founders, these life-changing intercultural learning programs are made possible by the dedicated work of AFS Volunteers—more than 4,000 in the U.S. and over 50,000 worldwide.

Download 2016 Annual Report

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
  • Susan Moon
  • Robert Stableski
  • Matthew van Steenwyk
  • Amber Wessels
  • Peter Westort
  • 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).

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