Dear CLS Advisor Community,

I’m writing to share that after over six years with the CLS Program team at American Councils, I will be leaving my position in early August for an opportunity to work with the Mandela Washington Fellowship team for the U.S. Department of State.

Working with our dedicated community of advisors has been among the many things I have loved about my time with the CLS Program. I am grateful for the relationships I have been able to build with many of you and hope we can find opportunities to connect in the future.

Our fantastic team is now seeking someone to lead outreach, recruitment, and selection for the CLS Program at American Councils in my place. If you or someone you know might be a good fit for the role, the position is open here:

I have had an outstanding experience working with the CLS Program team and encourage anyone who is interested to apply.

I would also like to introduce those of you who have not had the pleasure of communicating with her to our Communications Officer, Rori DiFiore. Rori already manages many of our advisor inquiries and will continue to respond to any messages that are received at Rori also produces our Advisor Chats series. Her most recent interview is posted here:

Please be in touch with her if you’re interested in being highlighted!

As always, I am grateful for your support of the CLS Program and inspired by your commitment to sharing these opportunities with your students. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if we are not already in touch there.

With sincere thanks,


Natalie Spencer
Outreach and Selection Manager, Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
T 202 833 7522
F 202 833 7523
The CLS Program is a program of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.