Heather Barclay Hamir
President and CEO
International Educator • Insatiable Learner • Mom of Two • Horse Enthusiast
“IFSA brings together the things I love best about education abroad: dedication to enhancing student learning, a passion to change the future through each life we touch, and the enthusiastic, innovative people it takes to achieve both. It’s been wonderful to work with such a committed community of educators, both within and external to IFSA.”
Heather earned her doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she completed research on the correlation between study abroad, retention, and degree completion. She also holds a master’s of science degree and a master’s of arts degree from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s of art degree from Pomona College.
As an undergraduate study abroad student in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heather first discovered her passion for global cultures and education. Following graduation, she spent two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program. Since then, she has traveled to numerous countries for work and fun, and she continues to rediscover her passion for the world, as well as her empathy for first-time travelers abroad.
Did You Know?
In her free time, Heather can be found outside riding the family’s horses with her husband and children.