FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2020 -- Last month The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) announced leadership reorganization. This process is founded on JNCL-NCLIS’ commitment to continuously strive to best serve its members as the premier advocacy organization for America’s Language Enterprise, and to uphold its mission to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language. Today, the organization is announcing new staff assignments and a Temporary Management Plan as the next step in this carefully considered and planned process.
JNCL-NCLIS is pleased to announce that Ms. Alissa Rutkowski, Manager of Communications, Policy, and Operations, has now joined the staff on a full time basis. In addition to developing reports on federal and state policy, organizing and executing JNCL's annual Language Advocacy Day, and managing external communications, Rutkowski will now supervise daily operations and financial management, and fulfill the role of staff liaison for all active committees. She will also work closely with the organization's President and Executive Committee members to achieve the goals identified by the Temporary Management Plan.
At the May 26th, 2020 JNCL-NCLIS Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting, members of the board approved a Temporary Management Plan, created to guide the organization’s progress over the next six to nine months. Under the direction of Rita A. Oleksak, JNCL-NCLIS President, staff and members of the Executive Committee have been tasked with influencing the strategic direction for the organization; they are currently engaged in evaluating operational practices to ensure that JNCL-NCLIS officers and staff are well equipped to continue advocating on behalf of all members and to direct the organization's future growth plans. During this time, JNCL-NCLIS leadership is actively considering the next step in this process, including, but not limited to, a search for a new Executive Director to lead the organization.
Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) represent the Language Enterprise to the US government and business community. Our membership includes over 130 organizations, which employ more than 300,000 language professionals globally. Together, we form an all-inclusive network and encompass all areas of the language field: exchanges, research, technology, translation, interpretation, localization, testing and more. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.