August 26, 2010
I was a student grantee in the late 1980s and changed jobs several times in the 1990s. Each time I thought, "There must be Fulbrighters who would want to hire someone like me - a fellow Fulbrighter with international experience and a desire to improve the world." But it was hard to find them and hard to reach them.
When advances in the internet made it possible for alumni to easily find and interact on a global scale, I volunteered to work on the creation of the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology. We had a small group of alumni volunteers who had a similar vision, and we slowly built the organization.
Today, FAST is leveraging the knowledge, abilities and connections of the Global Fulbright Alumni Community, with programs worldwide, and as the executive director I have the pleasure of interacting with thousands of alumni - and using the network to help many meet their personal and professional goals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my work with US Fulbrighters and alumni overseas. I have seen projects get $1 million+ in funding because of FAST. I have seen alumni sharing their unique knowledge and experience and seen organizations go in new directions because of that knowledge.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former volunteer & I helped get the organization started.