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Our site was founded upon the belief that "Expats are their own greatest resource." Our community of expats has grown from thousands to hundreds of thousands. It is the expats themselves who are to thank for our successful growth. We are grateful for each expat who reaches out to help another expat or someone preparing to make the move. Whether you recommend a local school, offer advice about apartment hunting or support someone facing culture shock, we sincerely thank you for your efforts.

Betsy Burlingame

Betsy's Full Bio

Ms. Burlingame launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU's Gallatin School where she combined studies at Tisch's Interactive Telecommunications Program and Stern Business School. After graduating in 1998, she secured angel funding for Expat Exchange.

Burlingame and Wood have spent the last 20+ years growing the service into the market leader in online support for international transferees and expatriates.

Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Ms. Burlingame has offered insight into issues related to moving and living abroad for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Kiplinger, AARP and other publications.

Joshua Wood

Joshua's Full Bio

Mr. Wood joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). While working for NBC, he researched opportunities for MSNBC to expand its cable audience via the Internet, provided assessments of network and program performance and tracked major news events.

Joshua first worked on the Internet in 1997 for StorageTek's Customer Resource Center, an online community that provides clients with support. His previous positions provided him with experience in public relations, advertising and creative services. In addition to Expat Exchange, Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist at the Cambridge Professional Center in Morristown, NJ.

Joshua received his Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BA from Syracuse.

Mr. Wood has provided insight into expatriate issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Business Times and other publications.

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