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Bio, Elllen Hoggard, President of Au Pair Foundation

Ellen Hoggard, a graduate of Duke University, has worked in the field of international education for 25 years. She has had the good fortune of being involved in international educational exchange programs since the age of 14 when she went on her first high school exchange. 

As a proud mother of two daughters, Ellen strongly supports the Au Pair program’s core values and achievements to promote opportunities for young people to live abroad and to give families worldwide the chance to have a young person from another country as a part of their family.

Prior to Au Pair Foundation, Ellen has had the privilege of working for many wonderful organizations – such as The CLOSE UP Foundation, AFS International, AMIDEAST, Sister Cities, OPEN DOOR Student Exchange and AYUSA. During Ellen’s time at OPEN DOOR as the Vice President for International Programs, she and the founder started the first exchange programs in Russia, Romania, the former Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, Poland and Hungary. Ellen then supervised all the grant programs under Samantha Smith programs in Eastern Europe, the FLEX program, and the Congress-Bundestag Vocational exchange program and obtained funding from the Soros Foundation. 

Ellen was invited to the White House to meet President Clinton in the Oval Office in honor of her work with the Congress-Bundestag program. She also represented the US field of youth exchange at the 1996 Department of State Transatlantic summit between the US and the European Union. She received the Award for Distinguished Service from Sister Cities International.

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