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.


  • Kimberly Harrington (chair)
  • Maria Hart, Christen Machak, John Naland, Jason Vorderstrasse, 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, Hon. John O'Keefe, Sue Saarnio, Thomas Yazdgerdi, Jason Singer, John K. Naland, Charles Ranado.

Scholarship Committee

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


  • John Naland (chair)
  • Camille Dockery, Christen Machak, 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, Gaïna Dávila, Harry W. Kopp, Bronwyn Llewellyn, Aileen Nandi, Jane Carpenter Rock, 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.


  • Joshua Archibald, Camille Dockery

Committee on Elections

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


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

Legal Defense Fund Committee

Reviews requests for LDF funds and makes recommendations to the Governing Board; sets LDF policies and monitors the LDF endowment.


  • Lisa Ahramjian (chair)
  • Other members: Joshua Archibald, Mary Daly, Jason Singer, Tina Wong

AFSA-PAC Advisory Committee