NAFSA's leadership structure is led by a Board of Directors. The board guides the work of the association through its Strategic Plan that sets out goals and objectives over a three-year horizon. Specific objectives are assigned to member committees, teams, task forces, and knowledge communities.

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LaNitra Berger, PhD

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LaNitra Berger
George Mason University
NAFSA President and Chair of the Board of Directors
LaNitra Berger, PhD, is the senior director of fellowships in the Office of Undergraduate Education at George Mason University (GMU), where she has helped students secure more than 60 prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Truman, Udall, and Critical Language Scholarship...

Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD

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Institute for Study Abroad
NAFSA Secretary
Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD, is president and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad. Hamir has worked in international education for 2 decades at both public and private universities. Over her career, she has focused on inclusion in study abroad and enhancing the quality of the educational experience...

Nancy Kidd, PhD

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Nancy Kidd
American Sociological Association
NAFSA Treasurer
Nancy Kidd has been the executive director of the American Sociological Association since 2016. She spent the last 8 years serving as executive director of the National Communication Association. Earlier in her career, she worked as a program officer at the Russell Sage Foundation, policy director...

Shinsaeng Ko

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Shinsaeng Ko
Emory University
NAFSA Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement
Shinn Ko serves as Assistant Vice Provost of international student and scholar services, global strategy, & initiatives at Emory University. She has presented numerous sessions and workshops at conferences and seminars. She has also held various national and regional leadership positions within...

Joanna Regulska, PhD

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Joanna Regulska
University of California-Davis
NAFSA Vice President for Public Policy and Practice
Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost and dean of global affairs and professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of California-Davis, has for more than 30 years led large-scale programs that transform institutions, establish collaborative partnerships, and significantly...

Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD

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Ahmad Ezzeddine
Wayne State University
NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy
Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD, is the vice president for Academic Student Affairs and Global Engagement at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, where he leads the university’s national, global, and corporate educational outreach programs. As the senior international officer, he is responsible...

Stephen Appiah-Padi, PhD

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Stephen Appiah-Padi
Bucknell University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Stephen Appiah-Padi directs Bucknell University’s Office of Global & Off-Campus Education and leads its international education initiatives, including strategic planning and campus internationalization efforts. He is an active member of NAFSA, having served as chair of the Africa Member Interest...

Bonnie Bissonette, EdD

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Bonnie Bissonette
University of Maryland-Baltimore
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, is currently director, education abroad and international safety for the Center for Global Education Initiatives at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Bissonette’s NAFSA experience began as a mentee in the second NAFSA Academy class, followed by service as the Wisconsin...

Nelson W. Cunningham, JD

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Nelson Cunningham
McLarty Associates
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Nelson W. Cunningham, JD is president and cofounder of McLarty Associates. Under Cunningham's leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and a global team of more than 100 seasoned international specialists in 21 countries. Previously, Cunningham served in the White...

Lee A. Feinstein

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Lee A. Feinstein
Indiana University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Feinstein has served in senior positions in the U.S. government, including principal deputy director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and ambassador to Poland. He has been a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. Feinstein is a trustee of the...

Fernando Léon-García, PhD

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Fernando Leon Garcia
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Fernando León-García, PhD, has been president of CETYS University since 2010, leading the institution to accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and to one of the most internationalized universities in Mexico. Prior, he served as chancellor of City University of Seattle’s...

Samantha Lu

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Samantha Lu
Columbia University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Samantha Lu is the associate director of the International Students Scholars Office at Columbia University. Lu has worked in the field of international education for more than 22 years. She is an active member of NAFSA, serving in many roles both at regional (Region XII, Region X) and national...

Francisco Marmolejo

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Francisco Marmolejo
Qatar Foundation
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Francisco Marmolejo serves as the president of higher education at the Qatar Foundation. From 2012 to 2020, he worked at the World Bank as a global higher education coordinator, based in Washington, DC, and more recently he served as lead higher education specialist for India and South Asia, in...

Ann Mason, PhD

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Mason Education Group
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Ann Mason has more than 20 years’ experience in international education, higher education administration, and U.S.-Latin American academic cooperation. Mason currently directs her own international higher education consulting firm, Mason Education Group, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her previous...

Francis J. Ricciardone

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Francis  J. Ricciardone
American University in Cairo
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Francis J. Ricciardone was appointed the 12th president of the American University in Cairo and began his term on July 1, 2016. He had served as a foreign service officer from 1978–2014, including appointments as U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, and chargé d’affaires and deputy...

Lawrence Schovanec, PhD

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Lawrence Schovanec
Texas Tech University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Lawrence Schovanec, PhD, began his role as the 17th president of Texas Tech University in August 2016. He previously served as chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, interim university president, and, most recently, provost. During Schovanec’s...

Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD

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Muddassir Siddiqi
Houston Community College System
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Prior to joining Central College in 2017, Muddassir Siddiqi, PhD, served as provost and chief academic officer at Morton College and executive director at the City Colleges of Chicago. Siddiqi’s career profile also includes decade-long work experience with multinational corporations. Siddiqi...

Julie Sinclair, PhD

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Julie Sinclair
Michigan State University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Julie Sinclair is the associate director of the Office of International Studies in Education at Michigan State University (MSU). In this role, she works with the international engagement of the College of Education, including education abroad, curriculum internationalization, international...

Sara Thurston, PhD

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Sara Thurston
Kansas State University
Member-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors
Sara Thurston, PhD, has more than 18 years of professional experience in international education, including the last eight years that she has been at Kansas State University. Thurston’s past involvement with NAFSA includes presenting on numerous topics, mentoring, and serving in the Trainer Corp and...

Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

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NAFSA CEO Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Executive Director and CEO
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international...