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Exchange Program Team

Program Contact Information: 

If you have any questions regarding your J-1 Visa training program you may contact us via telephone at 703-842-5116 or via e-mail at EVP@shrm.org.

In the event of an emergency, any J-1 trainee or intern currently sponsored by SHRM or by the former Council for Global Immigration can also utilize SHRM's 24-hour J-1 participant emergency line at 1-888-330-4686.

SHRM Exchange Visitor Program Team

Gennady Babankov

Gennady Babankov, Manager

Mr. Babankov manages SHRM's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and administers the intern and trainee programs sponsored under SHRM's J-1 visa designation. Gennady brings to SHRM almost 20 years of experience with international exchange and learning and development programs. He has built and managed federally funded programs in Eurasia and the Middle East, and developed academic and professional partnerships across the United States. Since 2000, Gennady served as a manager of outbound language and culture immersion programs at American Councils for International Education, helped direct the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and hosted Russian political and business leaders visiting the United States through the Open World Program. He has also lived and studied in Russia, Italy, and Hungary. Gennady holds a law degree (George Mason University) in addition to Masters degrees in History (Johns Hopkins University) and Medieval Studies (Central European University) and a Bachelors degree in Art History (Lomonosov Moscow State University).

Email: gennady.babankov@shrm.org

Lindsay Bongi

Lindsay Bongi, Senior Specialist, Exchange Visitor Program, Alternate Responsible Officer

Ms. Bongi is the Senior Specialist, Exchange Visitor Program, working with SHRM’s intern and trainee program participants and sponsor organizations. Ms. Bongi comes to SHRM with years of experience assisting young professionals and host companies in the J-1 intern and trainee visa sponsorship process. She has been involved with the Exchange Visitor program since 2012 and in her free time, counsels and monitors J-1 high school exchange students and host families as a Local Coordinator. In addition to her work in international exchange, Ms. Bongi previously has also created a Department of Labor registered culinary apprenticeship program and has experience teaching Talent Management Training and Train the Trainer courses. Her background is in financial reporting and accounting and she spent the early part of her career working for companies such as JPMorgan and America Online. Ms. Bongi earned her MS in School Counseling from Long Island University and her BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

Email: lindsay.bongi@shrm.org

Kimberly Nguyen,

Kimberly Nguyen, Senior Coordinator, Alternate Responsible Officer

As Senior Coordinator and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO), Ms. Kimberly Nguyen works to support the needs of the intern and trainee programs. Ms. Nguyen comes to SHRM with 4 years of experience in international exchange and program administration. She previously administered the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to hundreds of participants across multiple time zones and professional disciplines. Prior to this, she completed a fellowship at the Business Council for International Understanding. Ms. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Delaware. She is fluent in Spanish and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina while volunteering in the Maquinista de Savio province.

Email: Kimberly.Nguyen@shrm.org

Jerrika Anderson Edwards

Yohan Kim, Senior Coordinator, Alternate Responsible Officer

Mr. Yohan Kim joined the SHRM Exchange Visitor Program in January 2024. Yohan will serve as the Senior Coordinator, managing a portfolio of intern and trainee programs. Prior to taking on this role, Yohan worked with a J-1 visa recruitment organization in Seoul, facilitating professional development and training opportunities for emerging professionals and college graduates, and provided administrative support to the Consul General of South Korea in Washington, DC. Yohan was born and raised in NYC and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the City University of New York.

Email: yohan.kim@shrm.org

U.S. Department of State Contact Information:

If you would like information on or have questions regarding the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, you may contact the U.S. Department of State via e-mail at jvisas@state.gov or via postal mail at the address below:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Designation
Private Sector Exchange Programs Division
ECA/EC/D - SA-4E, Room E-B001
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: 1-844-300-1824

In case of an emergency, the Department of State has also established a 24-hour emergency line for exchange visitors. The number is 1-866-283-9090

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Current Clients and Participants

If you already have exchange visitor application or are already sponsored by SHRM or by the former Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), please visit our current clients and participants page to learn more about exchange visitor requirements and compliance items related to your sponsored program. You will also find information about cultural activities and international travel.

Program Forms & Documents

As you prepare for your journey to the United States, please consult the following orientation materials prepared by the U.S. Department of State and by SHRM.