Your support plays a vital role in fostering and preserving the SIS mission and facilitates the education of the next generation of global citizens in government, non-profits and business. The generosity of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends produces tangible benefits for students and increases the quality of an American University education - thank you.

SIS Scholarship Funds

Provide funding to undergraduate and graduate students. Priorities include increasing scholarships for students of color, AU alumni, international students and first generation master’s students.


The SIS Internship fund provides assistance to undergrad and grad students to pursue unpaid or international internships to enhance their academic experience and career prospects.

Leeanne J. Dunsmore School of International Service Study Abroad Fund

The Leeanne J. Dunsmore School of International Service Study Abroad Fund supports students from traditionally underrepresented groups to study abroad during their time at SIS. 

Dean's Fund

Contribute to support the Dean’s priorities, champion faculty and student research and increase the visibility of SIS.

Abdul Aziz Said Peace and Conflict Resolution Fund

The Abdul Aziz Said Peace and Conflict Resolution Fund supports the study, practice, and understanding of peace and conflict resolution.

David Hirschmann International Development Scholarship

The Hirschmann scholarship provides funds to graduate students from the developing world.

Building Fund

Support the ongoing operations of the LEED Gold Certified home of SIS. There are a variety of naming opportunities for spaces in the building.

For more information about these and other giving opportunities – from endowed chairs and distinguished professorships, to visiting lecturers, to research and conference travel funds – contact: Office of Development.

SIS Dean's Council

The SIS Dean’s Council provides advice and support to the Dean of the School of International Service (SIS) in accomplishing strategic goals for the school. All members of the Dean’s Council are leaders in their respective fields. Dean’s Council members serve as advocates for SIS to promote a greater awareness of the school nationally and internationally.

  • Christine BN Chin
    Dean, School of International Service
    American University
  • Alan Fleischmann, Chair, SIS/BA '87, SPA/BS '87
    Founder and President
    Laurel Strategies, Inc.
    Co-Founder & Board Member
    ImagineNations Groups
  • Janice M. Abraham, SIS/BA '79
    President and CEO
    United Educators Insurance
  • Alexandros Aldous, WCL/JD '05, SIS/MA '06
    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    The Chefs' Warehouse
  • Esther Benjamin, SIS/MA '92, CAS/MA '95
    CEO for Africa Operations
    Laureate Education, Inc.
  • Justin Cooper, SPA/BA '00
    Foxcroft Strategy Group, LLC
  • Akram Elias
    Capital Communications Group
  • Stephen C. Embry, SIS/BA '71
    Senior Partner
    Embry & Neusner
  • Thomas Gottschalk
    Of Counsel
    Kirkland & Ellis
  • David Gregory, SIS/BA '92
    Distinguished Journalist in Residence
    School of International Service
  • Lawrence S.C. Griffith, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine
    Clayton Heart Center, Johns Hopkins University Hospital
  • Fruzsina Harsanyi, SIS/BA '64, SIS/MA '67, SPA/PhD '72
    Harsanyi Consulting LLC
    Senior Adviser
    Public Affairs Council
  • Mehdi Heravi, SIS/PhD '67
    Retired Professor
  • Joanne Hill, SIS/BA '70
    Head of Investment Strategy
    Profunds Group
  • Frank Islam
    Chairman and CEO
    FI Investment Group, LLC
  • Robert McNally, SPA/BA '87
    The Rapidan Group
  • Dorothy A. Moore, CAS/MA '59, CAS/EdD '70
    Professor Emerita
    George Washington University
  • Sherry L. Mueller, SIS/BA '65
    President Emerita
    National Council for International Visitors
  • Ambassador Joan M. Plaisted, SIS/BA '67, SIS/MA '69
    Senior Adviser for Asia
    U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Dennis B. Ross
    Washington Institute for Near East Affairs
  • Peter Scher, SPA/BA '83, WCL/JD '87
    Executive Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy
    JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • Christopher Schroeder
  • Jeffrey A. Sine, SIS/BA '76
    The Raine Group, LLC
  • Kantathi Suphamongkhon, SIS/MA '78
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ambassador Clyde Taylor, SIS/MIS '61
    Former Executive Director
    Una Chapman Cox Foundation
  • Marcy Owens Test, SIS/BA '89
    Senior Vice President
  • Cynthia Warshaw, SIS/BA '93
    International Trade Expert
  • Matthew Warshaw, SIS/BA '94
    Vice President
    D3 Systems, Inc.
  • Ho-I Wu, SIS/PhD '82
    Vice President
    Peace Technology, Inc.
  • Scott Wylie, SIS/MA '82
    Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO
    First Western Trust Bank

SIS Young Alumni & Friends Committee

The SIS Dean's Young Alumni & Friends Committee provides an opportunity for young alumni and friends to contribute as advisors, promoters, and motivators within the SIS community and beyond. Committee members serve a two-year term.

  • George C. Tagg, Jr., WCL/JD '07, SIS/MA '08
    Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Chris Evanson, SIS/BA '15
  • Christopher Crosbie, SIS/BA '12
    Assistant, The Office of Management and Budget, The White House
  • Davina Durgana, SIS/PhD '15
    Senior Practitioner Faculty & Associate Professor, SIT Graduate Institute
  • Emily Adams, SIS/MA '15
    Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
  • Erick Mathias Marin Muller, SIS/MA '12
    Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Evan Carlson, SIS/MA '13
    Regional Director, Climate Action Change
  • Han Chen, SIS/BA '10
    International Climate Advocate, National Resources Defense Council
  • Kyle Livingston, SIS/MA '15
    Country Desk Officer, Peace Corps
  • Lucas Olson, SIS/MA '16
    Research Assistant and Social Entrepreneur
  • Michael Calabrese, SIS/MA '15
    Symtech Corporation
  • Rebecca Bock, SIS/BA '15
    Office Management Specialist, U.S. Department of State
  • Ritanch Hans, SIS/BA '13, Kogod/MS '15
    Business Analyst, Grant Thorton, LLP
  • Sara Scott Robb, SIS/BA '13
    Operations Assistant, Visonary Wild
  • Sam Cho, SIS/BA '13
    Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, General Service Administration, The White House
  • Subomi Johnson, Kogod/BS '11, Kogod/MS '13
    International Tax Consultant II, Deloitte