Meet Our Leadership Team
Our leadership team is reflective of our company – global, passionate and dedicated to personal growth and business success.
Victoria is the founder of Alliance Abroad Group and a host of other entrepreneurial enterprises and philanthropic initiatives. A respected and renowned businesswoman, Victoria is motivated by a desire to share life’s greatest moments, experiences and possibilities. Although she pours passion into every endeavor, AAG is admittedly her baby and first love. When she’s not cooking up new businesses, she’s busy cooking up culinary delights for her immediate and extended families. A self-proclaimed child of the hippie generation, she flaunts embroidered flared jeans while voraciously reading an eclectic mix of mind, business and soul-enriching books. Ever evolving and masterfully innovative, the world eagerly awaits the next ingenious and socially aware Victoria Lynden initiative.
Chief Operating Officer of Global Operations
A Scotsman with a heart-melting smile and charisma to match, James is at the helm and heart of the Alliance Abroad Group operation. James has an extensive 30-year background in the travel industry over half of it working in cultural exchange. James has been at an important steward for AAG over the past six years; ensuring that we keep clients, partners and the Department of State happy. James’ effervescent personality is the sparkle and spark that motivates our people. James is multi-lingual and a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K., who began his appreciation of cultural exchange in high school while an exchange student in France. When he’s not trotting the globe to meet with employers, partners and governments or to quench his thirst for global exploration which includes at least 17 trips to South Africa, he’s generally cooking up something at home in Austin. James is a self-proclaimed foodie with a passion for creating in the kitchen, which translate into meaningful experiences at mealtime.
Vice President of Strategic Development
Vice President of International Programs
Human Resources Director
Our people are fabulous. Period. We love what we do and it shows. Although we may come from different backgrounds and even countries, the bond that holds us together is the common love of travel, education and adventure. We also share a passion for our customers that goes well beyond business. We establish long-lasting and genuine relationships that endure and are proud to call many of our partners, employers and participants our friends. We’ve created a family at Alliance Abroad Group and we work, play and rally around causes together. We celebrate our successes and remedy our mistakes. Inherent in our Austin roots, we’re also transparent and authentic with hearts that want to see more good in the world and, more than that, we want to be part of it.