Chair of AFS-USA’s Board of Directors

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Robert Stableski, known as Bob, led international exchange organizations and consulted for international NGOs for more than 45 years. He recently retired from NAFSA: Association of International Educators after 16 years, initially as its Deputy Executive Director—supervising its training, publications, website, and volunteer development functions—and later as NAFSA’s Senior Advisor, leading the strategic planning, and organizational development functions of the association.

Earlier in his career, Bob worked first with the American Field Service (AFS) in its Vienna, Austria, and New York offices and then served as Vice President for International Programs at The Experiment in International Living (now World Learning). Changing careers, he then spent over ten years as a consultant and trainer for UN agencies, international NGOs, and U.S. not-for-profits, focusing on leadership training, organizational development, and managing change. During that time, he also served on the AFS-USA Board of Directors from 1984-1992.

Bob returned to AFS as its Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1993 to 2000, including a year as acting president, prior to his leadership position at NAFSA. In 2015, Bob again joined the AFS-USA Board of Directors and was elected Chair in June 2020.