AFSA Committees

AFSA relies on a number of active duty and retired members to participate in the work of the various committees that allow some of the organization's inner workings to proceed in a smooth and orderly fashion. We are grateful to these individuals for their willingness to donate their time and expertise.

We encourage anyone with an interest in serving on a committee to be on the lookout for periodic vacancy updates. Please click one of the following links to apply for a vacancy on one of our committees: [PDF] [WORD]

Awards and Plaques Committee

Oversees the AFSA memorial plaques and recommends names to be added to them. In cooperation with the AFSA governing board, members also recommend the winners of AFSA's awards for constructive dissent, exemplary performance, Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy, and the Sinclaire Language Awards.


  • Mary Daly¬†(chair)
  • John K. Naland, Jason Snyder, Hon. Eric Rubin (ex officio)

Executive Committee

Works with the AFSA governing board to oversee the organization's budget process and the annual audit.


  • Hon. Eric Rubin, Virginia L. Bennett, Ken Kero-Mentz, Thomas Yazdgerdi, Jason Singer, John K. Naland, Jay Carreiro, Michael Riedel.

Scholarship Committee

Oversees the selection and awarding of AFSA's financial aid and merits scholarships; also has stewardship over the AFSA Scholarship Fund.


  • John K. Naland (chair)
  • Other members: Joshua Archibald, Hon. John O'Keefe, Hon. Eric Rubin (ex officio)

The Foreign Service Journal Editorial Board

Works with the Journal staff and AFSA governing board to draw up the Journal's editorial calendar and selects works for publication from among those submitted for each issue.


  • Alexis Ludwig (chair)
  • Other members: Hon. Robert M. Beecroft, Daniel Crocker, Joel Ehrendreich, Harry W. Kopp, Bronwyn Llewellyn, Jessica McTigue, Christopher Teal, Joseph Tordella, Vivian Walker, Hon. Laurence Wohlers, Hon. Eric Rubin (ex officio)

Membership Committee

Ensures that associate membership applications are processed according to bylaws and internal procedures.


  • Virginia Bennett and Maria Hart

Committee on Elections

Oversees the biannual AFSA election process and works with AFSA staff to ensure the integrity of the election and its results.


  • Erin Nicholson (chair, USAID)
  • Other members: Morton Dworken (retiree), Marcia Friedman (State), Dao M. Le (FCS), Rodney LeGrand (State), Sharon Papp (AFSA staff), Asgeir Sigfusson (AFSA staff)

AFSA-PAC Advisory Committee