New AFSA Board Takes Office

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2015
Ásgeir Sigfússon,, (202) 944-5508
Allan Saunders,, (202) 719-9712

Washington, D.C. – The American Foreign Service Association welcomes new leadership as the professional association and union’s 29-person Governing Board begins its two-year term today.

Incoming President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson comes to AFSA from her position as Dean of the Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute. Ambassador Stephenson has also served as Ambassador to Panama and the Deputy Chief of Mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Foreign Service Officer Angie Bryan, AFSA’s new Vice President of the Department of State constituency, is a 23-year veteran of the State Department, having served in various positions around the Middle East and Europe, including Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Ambassador (ret.) Tom Boyatt is the incoming Vice President for the retiree constituency. He has held numerous positions on AFSA’s board and served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 1980-1983.

Foreign Service Officers Sharon Wayne, Steve Morrison and Mark Petry were re-elected and will serve as Vice Presidents of the USAID, Foreign Commercial Service and Foreign Agricultural Service constituencies, respectively. Completing AFSA’s leadership team, Ambassador (ret.) Charles A. Ford will serve his second term as treasurer and retired Foreign Service Officer William Haugh, currently a contractor with the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, will serve as the organization’s Secretary.

Complete bios for AFSA elected leadership, including all officers and constituent representatives, can be found at

AFSA thanks President Robert J. Silverman, Secretary Angela Dickey, State Vice President Matthew Asada, retiree Vice President Lawrence Cohen and the other outgoing members of the previous Governing Board for their service to the association and to the Foreign Service.

AFSA, the voice of the Foreign Service, is the professional association and labor union of the U.S. Foreign Service. Founded in 1924, AFSA represents 31,000 active and retired Foreign Service employees at the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Broadcasting Board of Governors.