American Councils for International Education’s New Board Members Underscore the Transformative Power of International Education

American Councils is pleased to announce two new members of its Board of Trustees, Ms. Alicia S. Ritchie, recently of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President Emeritus of Cape Cod Community College and Founder/CEO of Bearwell Strategies.

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Their distinguished professional backgrounds, commitment to education and cross-border learning, and years of real-world experience will enrich the Board and its work in the years to come

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 28, 2013

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce two new members of its Board of Trustees, Ms. Alicia S. Ritchie, recently of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President Emeritus of Cape Cod Community College and Founder/CEO of Bearwell Strategies.

Ms. Ritchie brings a wealth of experience to the Board in international social and economic development, and small business development and management. Her extensive background in Latin America and the Caribbean will play a critical role in supporting American Councils further expansion into these geographic areas. Dr. Schatzberg’s nearly 40 years of experience in community colleges, educational administration, fundraising, marketing research, and developmental studies provides the Board with a valuable perspective as American Councils expands it outreach into the world of independent and community colleges.

“I am delighted to welcome Alicia and Kathleen to our team. Their distinguished professional backgrounds, commitment to education and cross-border learning, and years of real-world experience will enrich the Board and its work in the years to come,” commented Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils.

Ms. Ritchie was, until 2011, Manager of the Andean Group Country Department of the IDB, where she was responsible for the promotion and development of IDB’s country strategies and programming in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. In her role as Manager, Ms. Ritchie supported the process, negotiation, and administration of regional and country-specific projects and programs.

Prior to her last position at the IDB, Ms. Ritchie was Manager of IDB’s former Regional Operations Department 3, and has held several other distinct leadership positions, including Senior Social Development Specialist at IDB and Principal Coordinator at the Multilateral Investment Fund. Ms. Ritchie received her M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and her B.A. in Political Science from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Newton, MA.

When asked why she joined the American Councils Board, Ms. Ritchie remarked, “American Councils’ experience and focus on international exchanges and language training attracted me to its Board. From my own experience in learning English as a second language, meeting and working with foreign students in Washington, D.C. and being involved in international relations my whole career, I am certain that these programs are key to improving communication, trade, cultural understanding among nations, and are indispensable if we are to become more of a global community.”

Dr. Schatzberg is Founder and CEO of Bearwell Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising for community colleges and social justice causes. Prior to founding Bearwell Strategies, Dr. Schatzberg served as President of Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, for fourteen years, and served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Her career in public secondary education includes serving as both an administrator and faculty member for a number of prestigious community colleges in both New York and Minnesota. Dr. Schatzberg has also conducted marketing research and microform data storage in the private sector. She received her Ed. D. in Reading, Language, and Cognition (summa cum laude) from Hofstra University, and her B.S. Ed. in English and Education from the University of Nebraska.

When asked why she joined the American Councils Board, Dr. Schatzberg commented, “I believe the particular kind of international exchange American Councils does is our only hope for world peace and harmonious prosperity. Some people think "world peace and prosperity" is an unrealistic, naïve goal, but I don't. I had worked with international exchanges of various kinds during my community college career, and served as a host mom for several year-long students and many shorter-term exchanges, so I know first-hand how significantly these exchanges touch the lives of all concerned.”

Besides managing her own consulting firm, Dr. Schatzberg also volunteers for a number of other organizations, such as Call to Action, Meals on Wheels, and her local area soup kitchen.

“In addition to their vast professional experience and commitment to education, both Alicia and Kathleen bring to the Board great interpersonal skills reflective of the respect they have for each individual they encounter, which is critical to successful operation and long-term growth of our board of distinguished trustees,” stated Dr. Richard D. Brecht, American Councils Board Chair.

Ms. Ritchie and Dr. Schatzberg are excited for the opportunity to help advance American Councils mission, and look forward to engaging with the organization’s vast network of international stakeholders.

About American Councils:
A leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion, American Councils prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.