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Alliance Commentary

Analysis of the latest news around Washington, D.C. and the exchange community from Alliance staff and members.

Building Champions One Meeting at a Time: Advocacy Day 2024

By: Andrea Bodine  Nearly a month ago now, Alliance members arrived in Washington DC to raise their voices in support of international exchange programs. This year’s event on March 7 brought an exciting, and somewhat hectic, energy to Capitol Hill with the looming...

Au Pair Program Clarifying Regulation

Background: On October 30, 2023, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the Department of State (DOS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining significant regulatory changes to the federal au pair cultural exchange program. These...

Open Position: Assistant Director and Head of Advocacy and Government Relations

The Assistant Director and Head of Advocacy and Government Relations plays a critical role in the Alliance’s advocacy and government relations work on behalf of the U.S. international exchange community, as well as in the development and management of member services. The Assistant Director develops strategies for Congressional advocacy and maintains a wide range of Capitol Hill and federal agency contacts to encourage policies and legislation favorable to international education and exchange. The position further monitors, analyzes, and reports legislative and executive developments and plays a core role in the Alliance’s policy development. As the second-ranking member of a small staff, the Assistant Director plays a key leadership role in Alliance strategy, Board of Directors relations, member engagement, and the general management of the association.

Building Unity and Community: Reflections on 2023

Happy 30th anniversary to the Alliance!  Three decades is no small feat. The Alliance’s longevity is a testament to the resilience of its ideals. As a diverse group of organizations united by a common purpose, we know that our collective efforts make us stronger. ...