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.


  • Don Jacobson (chair)
  • Jeff Levine, Lillian Wahl-Tuco, Hon. Barbara Stephenson (ex officio)

Management Committee

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


  • Hon. Barbara Stephenson, Hon. Tom Boyatt, Hon. Earl Anthony 'Tony' Wayne, Ken Kero-Mentz, John Naland, Jeff Levine, Dan Crocker, Kimberly Sawatzki.

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 (Retiree VP, chair)
  • Other members: Deborah Mennuti, Roy Perrin, Karen Brown (DACOR liaison), Hon. Barbara Stephenson (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: James Bever, Fred Boll, Angela Bond,  Karen Brown Cleveland (Governing Board liaison), Shawn Kobb, Harry Kopp, John G. Rendeiro Jr., Priyadarshi 'Pri' Sen, Dinah Zeltser-Winant, Hon. Barbara Stephenson (ex officio)

Membership Committee

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


  • Kim Sawatzki, Lillian Wahl-Tuco

Committee on Elections

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


  • Nan Fife (chair)
  • Other members: Candice Bruce (FAS), Linda Caruso (FCS), Jorge Dulanto-Hassenstein (USAID), Morton Dworken (retiree), Sharon Papp (AFSA staff), Russ Capps (AFSA staff)

AFSA-PAC Advisory Committee