NAFSA Regions

NAFSA's membership in the United States* is organized into 11 geographic regions that provide the important grassroots strength of the association.


What Happens at the Regional Level?

Many opportunities for involvement, association activities, and leadership are found at the regional level. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team composed of representatives of the knowledge communities and interest groups. Many states and metropolitan areas hold regular NAFSA meetings. The regions sponsor frequent workshops on topics of special interest and annual conferences.

NAFSA Regions mapRegional Conferences

Annually in the fall, the 11 NAFSA regions hold their conferences. These are excellent opportunities to network with accomplished colleagues and to stay current with the latest trends. View dates and locations for this year's conferences.

Region I

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

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Region II

Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

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Region III

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

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Region IV

Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota

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Region V

Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin

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Region VI

Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio

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Region VII

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Region VIII

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

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Region X

New Jersey, New York

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Region XI

Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Region XII

California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands

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The Regional Affairs Committee are the past chairs of the 11 regions and ensure the development and dissemination of knowledge needed by professionals engaged on regional leadership teams and in regional events and offerings. Regional Affairs Committee members:

  • Assess needs of regional leaders and design processes, guidelines, tools, training, etc. to serve them.
  • Facilitate the development of sound business and leadership practices in the regions, consistent with the fiduciary obligations of the association—fiscal, legal, and ethical.
  • Encourage members in the regions to provide their information in the member skills database for consideration for task forces and leadership positions for which they have particular expertise.

*Members who reside outside the United States are encouraged to participate in professional development activities that take place at the regional and national levels and to become involved in NAFSA's volunteer leadership. NAFSA also works collaboratively with sister organizations in other countries and world regions that promote international education and exchange.

Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin
University of Missouri - Columbia
2021 Regional Affairs Committee Chair
Ryan Griffin is the director of the Office of International Admissions at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the 2021 Regional Affairs Committee (RAC) chair. Ryan got his start at NAFSA by serving as the chair of the conference connection committee on the local arrangements team for the 2013...

Erin Hillis, PhD

Rhodes College
2021 Regional Affairs Committee Chair-Designate
Erin Hillis, PhD, is the director of the Buckman Center for International Education at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and the 2021 Regional Affairs Committee (RAC) chair-designate. In her current role, Erin is responsible for all aspects of international education at the College, including...

Each Regional Executive Team Cohort is led by a Regional Cohort Coach. The Regional Cohort Coaches are volunteer member leaders that are appointed by NAFSA members and confirmed by NAFSA’s Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement. A key qualification to be a Cohort Coach is successful completion of at least one term as a member of the cohort they are leading.

The Coaches work with their cohort to foster collegiality, share perspectives and advice as a former Regional Executive Team member, promote the sharing of best practices between regions, and provide on-going support and professional development.

Daniel Whitmer

Daniel Whitmer
Indiana University Bloomington
Chair-elect, Membership Engagement Committee
Daniel Whitmer is the associate director of sponsored student services at Indiana University Bloomington and the 2021 regional chair cohort coach. Daniel is a longtime advocate for NAFSA’s regions and has extensive experience serving as a NAFSA leader. He is a former Region VI chair, serving on the...

Jody Pritt

Jody Pritt
Georgia State University
2021 Regional Chair-Elect Cohort Coach
Jody Pritt is the director of international student and scholar services at Georgia State University and the 2021 regional chair-elect cohort coach. Jody was the NAFSA Region VII chair responsible for 2015 conference in Savannah, GA and previously served as the NAFSA Region IV treasurer and South...

Malou Amparo

University of California, San Diego
2021 Regional Treasurer Cohort Coach
Maria Lourdes (Malou) Amparo Robas is the assistant director of resident life at University of California – San Diego, is the 2021 regional treasurer cohort coach. Malou served on the Region XII team as treasurer from 2017-2019. She previously served as the Region XII conference volunteer...

Travis Pentz

Travis Pentz
University of California, San Francisco
2021 Regional Conference Planner Cohort Co-Coach
Travis Pentz is the study abroad manager and international liaison at University of California –San Francisco, is a 2021 regional conference planner cohort co-coach. Travis has held education abroad positions at several public universities in California, in both the UC and CSU systems. As an adviser...

Norma Vallejo

Texas Wesleyan University
2021 Regional Conference Planner Cohort Co-Coach
Norma Vallejo is the coordinator of international admissions and student services at Texas Wesleyan University and a 2021 regional conference planner cohort co-coach. In her current role, Norma serves as a DSO and manages advising/orientation, recruitment/admission efforts, and study abroad for...