Senior Director of Quality Assurance & Chief Compliance Officer
An expert in the international education industry, Ballard has served in progressively responsible capacities to develop programs, secure grants, and maintain the highest standards of safety and compliance for YFU. Ballard has advanced throughout her nine-year tenure, transitioning through her original responsibility as Program Coordinator to becoming the Director of Quality Assurance. She has played an essential role in the procurement and retention of mission-critical CYBX, FLEX, and YES grants and has functioned as the organizational liaison between grant students, political entities, embassies, industry colleagues, oversight agencies and the Department of State.
Ballard holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters of International Administration from the School for International Training. A passionate advocate for youth exchange, Ballard attributes her interest in cross-cultural understanding to her family. She grew up with exchange students in the home, and pursued her own transformative journey as an exchange student to Denmark in high school and as a university study abroad student to France. Ballard has also experienced what it has been to be a parent on both sides of the equation, having hosted 8 students from 7 countries, and having sent her three children on gap year and university study abroad programs.