Alison Grausam

Program Director

I have always known that my strength is giving others the tools to make positive change. In my position at ICFJ, I am passionate about doing just that: managing programs that empower journalists and giving them the tools to innovate, adapt and persevere to strengthen societies, particularly in Latin America.

My background: My career has always revolved around international education programs. Before I joined ICFJ in 2021, I worked at Graduate School USA’s International Institute on the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other international programs, both virtual and in-person. In this position, I organized exchanges for journalists from Peru, Rwanda, Tajikistan and Indonesia. In 2020, Global Ties U.S. honored me with the “Outstanding Program Associate” award to recognize exceptional contributions to the national IVLP network. Prior to IVLP, I spent time in Santiago, Chile, working on the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces initiative to strengthen the relationship between Americans and Chileans through education.

I am currently pursuing an M.A. in international education from George Washington University, where I specialize in Latin American international education programs. I hold a B.A. in international studies from American University. I speak fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese.

Ask me about: Podcasts, data journalism, virtual exchange, linguistics and rock climbing

My pronouns: She/her

Contact me: and on LinkedIn