The Office of the AFSA President

Eric Rubin, AFSA President

Welcome to the AFSA President’s page! The 2021-2023 AFSA Governing Board pledges to do its best to represent the 16,800 members of the association and to leave the Foreign Service as a stronger and more vital institution at the end of our term.

This is not an easy time, and that applies to the Foreign Service in full measure. The impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt, and has been exacerbated by additional challenges such as the CDC dog ban, virtual training, excruciatingly slow security clearance processing and a lack of confirmed leadership at many of our agencies and many of our overseas posts. While we may be past the difficulties of the impeachment process, which had a serious impact on many of our members, we know that the road ahead will not be easy.

Our Governing Board is committed to building on the work and momentum of past boards to ensure we have the 21st-century Foreign Service that our country's needs. Building on bipartisan support in Congress and a positive stance from the current Administration, we must launch a deep and thorough review of all aspects of our career. Our foundational legislation, the Foreign Service Act of 1980, is 41 years old and in need of updating and modernization. Diversity remains a huge concern, as we cannot adequately represent our country with a service lacking in diversity on many levels. AFSA is committed to playing a major role in finding ways to increase diversity, reduce attrition and boost the low morale that is all too common among our members in these difficult times.

For AFSA to be an effective voice of the Foreign Service, and for us to tell our story more convincingly both to the American public and to our Congress, we need your broad and sustained engagement. With this engagement and support, we can continue to develop an AFSA that is a powerful advocate for diplomacy and the Foreign Service. I welcome your comments and suggestions. AFSA's members are more than our eyes and ears around the world – you are a rich source of experience, insights and skills, as well as our motivation. Please feel free to contact me at or our staff at


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