Alan Williams

AFS Host Parent and Returnee

Alan Williams has dedicated his entire career to work at international NGO’s, primarily in international exchange and youth development. Most recently he served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Alan led NAFSA’s extensive marketing, strategic communications, publishing, membership, global partnerships, fundraising, sponsorships, and technology solutions. In this capacity, he also led some of NAFSA’s largest strategic initiatives including a business intelligence capacity based on data analytics, an innovative non-dues revenue program, a revised and enhanced organizational identity and membership structure, and new institutional partnership and collaborations.

Prior to joining NAFSA, Alan served as Vice President of the Leadership and Engagement Center at the International Youth Foundation (IYF), where he provided strategic leadership for one of IYF’s largest global corporate initiatives, the Make a Connection program which operated in 25 countries with support from Nokia and Laureate Education. Alan also served as Executive Director of Quest International, an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing life skills, character education, violence prevention, and service-learning programs for young people. Prior to that, Alan was Director of Communications at the global headquarters of the AFS Intercultural Programs in New York City.

Originally from South Africa, Alan was an AFS exchange student from Cape Town to Schenectady, New York. His family also hosted an AFS student from Ecuador. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.