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Founded in 2009, Friends of the American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF) is dedicated to support higher education in Afghanistan through entities such as American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Afghanistan’s only independent, private, not for profit, non-sectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning.

 

Friends of the American University of Afghanistan (FAUAF) is a 501(c) (3) registered nonprofit recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity. Founded in 2008, FAUAF enhances higher education opportunities in Afghanistan through grants that support scholarships, financial aid, programs, and infrastructure.

 

EIN: 26-36-39601

Our primary grantee is the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Afghanistan’s only nationally accredited private, not-for-profit, non-partisan and co-educational university.

Since enrolling its first class in 2006, comprised of 51 students (50 male students and one female), AUAF has educated hundreds of graduates, many of whom are rising stars in fields ranging from law to science and business to politics. Approximately 11% of these exceptional graduates have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships – the highest number of Fulbright awardees, as a percentage of graduates, of any academic institution in the world. Today, AUAF educates over 1,000 students with women comprising 45% of the student population.

 

Additionally, through the Professional Development Institute (PDI), AUAF has trained over 22,000 professional Afghans.

Keystone programs include the Stanford University Law School Afghanistan Legal Education Project (ALEP), which offers a 4-year LLB degree; the MBA program; the PDI; and Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STM) programming. AUAF seeks to maximize resources and investments to scale these programs over the next five years.

 

AUAF mirrors today’s modern Afghanistan: a young, civically engaged student population representing all 34 provinces of Afghanistan, across every ethnicity and credence, and motivated by a deep feeling of responsibility to their community and institutions.

It has produced the highest percentage of Fulbright scholars of any university in the world

Offers a five-year law program managed by Stanford Law School

Reached 50% female enrollment within its first few years of opening

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Board of Directors

Ms. Leslie M. Schweitzer

Founder and Chair
Leslie Schweitzer is the President and Chair or Friends of AUAF, and serves on the AUAF Board of Trustees. From 1999 to 2011, Schweitzer served as a consultant in the capacity of Senior Trade Advisor for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Schweitzer received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from AUAF.

Ms. Stephenie Foster

Vice Chair
Stephenie Foster is a partner at Smash Strategies and for the last five years, she served at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as a Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Stephenie also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on women and civil society, traveling extensively throughout the country to work with individuals and organizations advancing the role of women in Afghan society. Services Administration.

Dr. Evan S. Dobelle

Secretary
Evan Dobelle is the Managing Director of Countable, a high tech company with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Dobelle is the former President of City College of San Francisco, University of Hawaii, and Trinity College (CT). Dobelle offers a bold vision for the value of education and the challenges of building a community in a fast-changing world.

Mr. Kevin Haggerty

Treasurer
Kevin Haggerty brings over 35 years of experience in financial oversight in the international development, computer software and consulting services industries. Currently, Haggerty is the CFO at ACDI/VOCA with prior experience at Institute of International Education (IIE), DAI and Ernst & Young.

Ms. Kathleen Campbell

 
Kathleen Campbell is the former Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA). Ms. Campbell, a Harvard Law School graduate, has over two decades of international experience managing and coordinating development and humanitarian programs, research and policy for the United Nations, USAID, and international NGOs.

Ms. Elaina Edwards

 
Elaina Edwards is Vice President at Louis Berger US. She has served in a range of operational, business development, strategy and marketing leadership roles. Her experience includes supporting U.S. government, multilateral institutions and commercial clients with a focus on mega programs. Ms. Edwards has managed winning proposals for more than $3 billion in contracts, including a $1.4 billion single-award contract for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Ms. Teri Galvez

 
Teri Galvez is President of Paradigm Event Management, a Marketing, Special Events, and Conference Planning Company which she launched in 1996. Among her clients are Fortune 500 Companies, Non-profits, and National Associations. Teri served for eight years on the Advisory Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and was on the Board of Trustees for Voices for Americas Children. She serves on the Board of Directors of Gala Theatre, Think Freely Latino, and the US Senate Task Force on Hispanic Affairs.

Dr. Ellen S. Hurwitz

 
Ellen Hurwitz is the Senior Consultant at Steven’s Strategy, an award winning professor of history, author and past president of three institutions of higher learning: Albright College, New England College, and American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where she is President Emerita and Executive Director of its Foundation.

Ms. Suzanne Kianpour

 
Suzanne Kianpour is an Emmy nominated journalist who has spent nearly a decade with the BBC reporting on foreign affairs, politics and breaking news. With postings based in Washington, London, Beirut, and Los Angeles, her reporting has taken her around the world to over 50 countries.

Ms. Michelle Kosinski

 
Michelle Kosinski is CNN’s senior diplomatic correspondent responsible for covering the State Department. Previously, Kosinski served as the network’s White House correspondent during the Obama administration. She contributes to all CNN programs and platforms.

Ms. Sarah Peck

 
Sarah Peck is a career diplomat from Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently the Executive Director of the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council. Sarah has extensive experience on regional issues. She previously served as the Political Team Lead at the Office of Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Prior to joining the desk, she worked as a Pearson Fellow for in-coming Secretary of State Kerry at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ms. Annie Pforzheimer

 
A retired career diplomat with the rank of Minister Counselor from the U.S. Department of State, Annie is a Senior Non-Resident Associate at CSIS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a public commentator on Afghanistan and rule of law issues. She was until March 2019 the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan and from 2017-2018 was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world, during a period of both intensified violence and the beginnings of the ongoing peace process.

Ms. Michelle Quinn

 
Michelle is Senior Vice President of Patriot Group International, a mission-focused organization providing security, operational, Logistics, and training solutions for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and other Government Agencies. At PGI, Michelle leads efforts to support critical U.S. missions and programs both CONUS and OCONUS, establishing relationships with the USG and industry partners, building technical solutions for programs, and standing up/executing PGI contracts.

Amb. Robin L. Raphel

 
Robin Raphel worked for nearly 40 years in foreign affairs agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Department of Defense. She has served as assistant secretary of state for South Asia, ambassador to Tunisia, vice president of the National Defense University, and deputy special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

Amb. Steven E. Steiner

 
Steve Steiner is the gender advisor for the U.S. Institute of Peace. He previously served in the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Steiner has served for over 36 years in the United States Foreign Service.

Ms. Karolyn Stuver

 
Karolyn Stuver is the Executive Director of Communications, Marketing and Strategic Planning at Flour Corporation. Prior to her position at Flour, Stuver served as the Director of Strategy, Marketing and Communications at KBR.

Mr. Matthew Trevithick

 
Matt Trevithick worked as the Director of Communications at the American University of Afghanistan from 2010 to 2014. Previously, he worked at the American University of Iraq. He is currently the co-founder and director of research at SREO Research in Turkey, which analyzes aid effectiveness for the United Nations, the World Food Programme, and more than a dozen NGOs involved in the regional refugee humanitarian response.

AUAF Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

  • First Lady Laura Bush
  • Secretary Robert Gates
  • David Rubenstein
  • General (Ret.) David Petraeus
  • General (Ret.) John “Mick” Nicholson
  • Samuel Nappi
  • Ambassador Ryan Crocker
  • David Bradley
  • Ehsan Bayat
  • Fredric S. Berger
  • Nancy Dupree
  • Dr. Frederick Starr

AUAF Public Service Award

  • The Honorable Carl Levin
  • Rep. Susan Davis
  • Rep. Niki Tsongas
  • Gen. (Ret.) John F. Campbell
  • Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
  • Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
  • First Lady Rula Ghani
  • Caroline Firestone
  • Gayle E. Smith
  • Roshan Telecom
  • Asia Development Bank

Honorees