Team Member Interview

Alicia Montague, Director for National Events

What is your favorite part about working at the Fulbright Association?

My experience working at the Association has been instrumental in shaping my understanding of the Fulbright experience, which is that no two experiences are the same! Through my role, I have had the privilege of collaborating with Fulbright alumni from all over the world and have been exposed to a diverse range of perspectives and ideas equipping me with the tools and insights necessary to become a more effective collaborator and communicator, both professionally and personally.

Why is Fulbright Association’s mission important to you?

The Association’s mission is a motivational reminder that a Fulbright experience does not need to end, and the knowledge and encounters gained is a life-long journey. Even though I am not a Fulbrighter, I am very much passionate about cross-cultural experiences and international collaboration. The opportunity to continue to learn from and engage with people from diverse backgrounds has the potential to broaden perspectives and break down barriers, which gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I am not catching up on reality TV, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cities and restaurants with my family. I have also assigned myself the task of training my kitten to walk on a leash. Wish me luck!

What is the most memorable experience you had at the Fulbright Association?

I have had so many great experiences in my almost 1.5 years of being at the Association, but if I had to choose one, the 2021 Fulbright Prize Ceremony & Dinner in March 2022 is most notable. My colleagues and I only had 5 months to plan and execute an amazing event in celebration of Bono’s humanitarian efforts, and it was spectacular! Go team!

Alicia Montague (left) and John Bader (right) pose at the 2022 Fulbright Prize Ceremony in April 2023.