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Director of Strategic Initiatives and Membership

Rutkowski is the Director of Strategic Initatives and Membership at JNCL-NCLIS.

She is responsible for the ideation, design, budgeting, sponsorship, and planning for all events and programs that support the JNCL-NCLIS mission and strategic plan and engage JNCL-NCLIS members.

Rutkowski also provides ongoing support for the President, Board of Directors, Executive Director, and leads the organization's communications strategy. Additionally, she supervises daily operations and financial management, and fulfills the role of staff liaison for all active board committees. 

Previously, Rutkowski gained experience in educational programming and organizational operations as a Program and Evaluation Intern at Planet Word Museum in Washington, D.C. During her undergraduate studies, Rutkowski was employed as a Student Research Assistant to conduct and present research on interactional linguistics.


Rutkowski is a graduate of 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. She spent semester in Pau, France where she studied French and intercultural communication, and assisted teaching English to early college students. 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 over 20 countries and continues to seek opportunities that will cultivate her  interest in world languages and international affairs. She can be reached at

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