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Our Mission

A.S.E. Global Bridges is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 with a vision of a shared future built around mutual understanding, respect, and shared values. The foundation of A.S.E.'s programming is using the common bonds of Arts, Sports, and Education to promote an impactful dialogue between the people of the United States, Eurasia and Eastern European Countries. Additionally, in recognition of its roots, A.S.E. is dedicated to promoting progress and wellbeing of the Russian-American community in New York City and throughout the United States, while enabling it to preserve its heritage, culture and language.

Meet the Team

Marina Kovalyov


Rina Kirshner

Vice President and CFO

Sofia Kutceva

Program Director, SFA and BBASI

Geneva Bernal

Program Director, BSF and BBASI

Irina Zakharchenko

Program Assistant, NSLI-Y Russian Language and Culture

Emily Fennell

Assistant Director, BBASI and YAGP Partnership

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