Who We Are

Dr. William P. Rivers, Executive Director

Dr. Rivers has more than 25 years’ experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with expertise in research, assessment, program evaluation, and policy development and advocacy. He is the immediate past and founding Chair of ASTM Technical Committee F43, Language Services and Products and chairs the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Training in the Informal Sector.

Before joining JNCL-NCLIS, he served as Chief Scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., a small business in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on strategic planning, management, and advanced technologies for language and culture programs in the public sector. While at ITS, he served in a contractor role as the Chief Linguist of the National Language Service Corps. Prior to working at ITS, he was a founding member of the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) at the University of Maryland, and was a staff member of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland from 1994 to 2003, leaving NFLC as Assistant Director.

During his career, Dr. Rivers has also taught Russian (beginning through advanced), language policy, and second language acquisition at the University of Maryland, worked as a freelance interpreter and translator, and conducted field work in Kazakhstan, where he regularly returns to teach at several universities. He received his PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his MA, BA, and BS (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Maryland. He speaks Russian and French. His email address is wrivers@languagepolicy.org 

Trey Calvin, Managing Policy Analyst

Trey Calvin is the Managing Policy Analyst at JNCL-NCLIS, where he conducts federal and state policy analysis for a myriad of non-profit organizations and corporate clients throughout the language enterprise. Trey previously worked at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as a Program Coordinator for the Department of Education, where he executed a multitude of outreach initiatives and professional development programming. Notably, he has worked to pass state legislation promoting the Seal of Biliteracy movement across the country. Prior to ACTFL, he taught Spanish at the middle school and high school level. Outside of the classroom, Trey is a seasoned campaign operative organizing for two presidential races, a gubernatorial campaign, and a dozen state and local elections. He holds a master’s degree in from Middlebury College in Spanish Linguistics and Literature. He can be reached at tcalvin@languagepolicy.org