Governing Board

Members of the 2021-2023 AFSA Governing Board

The AFSA Governing Board is elected by the membership every two years and is composed of representatives from each AFSA constituency. The entire membership elects three officers - President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each constituency then casts votes for its agency or retiree Vice President and representative positions. Currently, the board has 21 members - in addition to the three officers, there are five Vice Presidents (State, USAID, FAS, FCS, and retiree), six State representatives, one representative each for USAID, FAS, FCS, USAGM and APHIS, and two retiree representatives. Click here for more information about AFSA elections. The board's constitution is governed by the AFSA bylaws. It has been the policy of AFSA boards to seek to be as diverse and representative as possible. The current board’s term ends on July 15, 2023.

The basic responsibilities of a governing board are to set the mission and purpose of the organization, ensure effective planning, select/support and evaluate the chief executive, monitor and strengthen programs and services, ensure adequate financial resources, protect assets and provide financial oversight, build a competent board, ensure legal and ethical integrity and to enhance the organization's public standing. AFSA Governing Board position descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Board represents the entire AFSA membership and encourages comments and suggestions from people in the field. If you are a member of AFSA, we hope you will also consider serving on a future AFSA Governing Board, working on behalf of your colleagues for a two-year term. Click here for bios and photos of the Board members.

President Hon. Eric S. Rubin
Secretary Sue Saarnio (appointed 6/1/22)
Treasurer Hon. John O'Keefe
State Vice President Thomas Yazdgerdi
USAID Vice President Jason Singer
FCS Vice President Charles Ranado (appointed 6/1/22)
FAS Vice President Lisa Ahramjian (appointed 11/22/21)
Retiree Vice President John K. Naland
State Representatives Joshua C. Archibald
Camille Dockery
Kimberly Harrington
Maria Hart
Christen Machak
Hui Jun Tina Wong
USAID Representative Jay Singh (appointed 9/21/22)
FCS Alternate Representative VACANT
FAS Alternate Representative VACANT
USAGM Representative Steve Herman
APHIS Representative VACANT
Retiree Representatives Mary Daly
Philip A. Shull

What Are the Duties of Governing Board Members?