Senior Director of Business Development
As Senior Director of Business Development, Brian Wiehr oversees strategic development and new program design for YFU’s portfolio of outbound programs. In this role, he leads partnership initiatives with schools and educational organizations, establishing new relationships for YFU and expanding programmatic opportunities for YFU students. Previously, Wiehr served as YFU’s Senior Director of Study Abroad programs, managing a team focused on student recruitment, admissions, and scholarship selections. Wiehr began his YFU career as an Admissions Counselor in 2007, and later went on to teach English in Japan with the JET Program, write curriculum for WorldTeach, and manage an international exchange program for STEM and legal professionals, before returning to YFU in 2014.
Wiehr got his first taste of international exchange through a high school sister-school program, hosting a German exchange student and traveling to Germany the following summer to live with the exchange student’s family. Inspired by that experience, Wiehr studied abroad as an undergraduate in Salzburg, Austria, and has since traveled to 20 more countries.
Wiehr holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from St. Norbert College. His graduate research focused on K-12 global education initiatives and policies at the school district, state, and federal levels, and bilingual education, including meeting with education policy makers on a research trip to Morocco. He is a Board Member of Young Professionals in International Education (yPIE-DC).