The Collective Public Policy Voice of the Exchange Community

I’m thrilled to invite you to the Annual Conference this November 2-3 in Washington, D.C. – registration is now open! After an inspiring and productive conference last year, we’re looking forward to building on those successes and bringing even more opportunities to learn, engage, and contribute to our community.

Since the Alliance’s founding 30 years ago, our community has gathered each year to share information, grow our networks, and think deeply about our field. This year will be no different. The conference is an opportunity for exchange professionals to hear from thought leaders in the field, participate in peer-led best practice sessions, engage with key government officials in small group settings, and much more.

We’ll engage on critical big picture topics, such as the role of exchanges in combatting authoritarianism, broadening accessibility to exchange programs, and cultivating the next generation of leaders in our field.

I’m also so happy that we’ll continue our signature tradition of welcoming a large array of our ECA program and leadership colleagues, including a keynote address from Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Lee Satterfield.

I hope you’ll join us in November to celebrate our community’s past, present, and future. To learn more about the conference and register, visit our website here. Make sure to register by Monday, October 2.

I also hope you’ll consider supporting the Alliance through one of our many contribution levels. Additional contributions go a long way in helping to develop an ever-expanding conference and to support our broader work throughout the year to serve our shared mission.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Gabrielle Cascio at We hope to see you in November!

Mark Overmann