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Dr. William P. Rivers

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 publications in second and third language acquisition research, proficiency assessment, program evaluation, and language 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, Education and Learning Services. He serves as a member of the America’s Languages Working Group of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is an honorary member of the Association of Language Companies.

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. He can be reached at wrivers@languagepolicy.org

Trey J. Calvin

Mr. 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 the Program Coordinator for the Department of Education. At ACTFL, he led grassroots advocacy and public policy initiatives to oppose defining computer coding as a “foreign language,” to ameliorate the national language teacher shortage, and to establish Seal of Biliteracy programs nationwide.

Prior to ACTFL, he taught Spanish, English Literature and creative writing at the middle school and high school level. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a master’s degree in from Middlebury College. Outside of the classroom Trey is a seasoned campaign operative, working for two presidential races, gubernatorial campaigns, and volunteering for dozens of state and local elections. He can be reached at tcalvin@languagepolicy.org.

Ms. Alissa Rutkowski

Alissa Rutkowski

Alissa Rutkowski is the Communications and Policy Intern at JNCL-NCLIS for Winter/Spring 2019. She assists the Managing Policy Analyst and Executive Director in planning and executing high-level Congressional meetings, as well as performs policy research on a range of topics, from current legislation regarding language education to federal appropriations.

Alissa Rutkowski is a recent graduate from Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with supporting minors in Communication, French, and English.

Alissa discovered her passion for world languages and cultural awareness after spending a semester in France. During her time abroad, she studied French and intercultural communication, and assisted teaching English to early college students.

Upon her return, Alissa was offered a student researcher position to conduct and present research on interactional linguistics. Additionally, she was selected as a member of the leadership-focused Roberts Fellowship Program, which concluded her undergraduate degree with a second study abroad to multiple Asian countries as a delegate for the university.

Since her initial experience abroad, she has traveled to nearly 20 countries and continues to seek opportunities that will cultivate her intellectual curiosity and interest in world languages and international affairs. She can be reached at arutkowski@languagepolicy.org.