Who We Are

The English Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) is dedicated to employing the English language to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs. Our programs focus on study abroad opportunities and scholarships for teachers, students, and life-long learners, English language classes and individual workforce development initiatives for immigrants, and advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our youth through the study and performance of literary classics, public speaking, and debating.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a membership organization whose mission is facilitated locally by the volunteer efforts of our Branch members around the country.

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations and membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States:
Expands Minds Strengthens friendships Unlocks opportunities
Through the use of the English language.

Founded in 1920, the English-Speaking Union of the United States is a national membership organization with more than 4,000 members organized in 65 Branches across the country. ESU members and volunteers are the pillars of our educational and cultural programs as they work in their local communities to carry the ESU mission forward. The English-Speaking Union of the United States shares fellowship with more than 50 independent ESUs around the world, including the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth in London.



Dr. E. Quinn Peeper

New Orleans, LA

First elected 2014

Vice Chairman

Darryl McCormick

Stamford, CT

First elected 2017


Noel Sloan

Salisbury, CT

First elected 2023

President & Secretary of the Corporation

Karen Karpowich

New York, NY


Chairman Emeritus

H.E. Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE

Purchase, NY

Directors at Large

Jacqueline Abrams

Winter Park, FL

First elected 2021

Donald Best

Los Angeles, CA

First elected 2021

Dr. Gregory Buck

Corpus Christi, TX

First elected 2022

Barbara Callahan

Palm Beach, FL

First elected 2021

Susan Ferris

Portland, OR

First elected 2020

Dr. Janet Haedicke

Monroe, LA

First elected 2018

Barbara Hughes

Winter Park, FL

First elected 2019

Dana Ivey

New York, NY

First elected 2021

Dr. Mary Lee

Washington, DC

First elected 2022

Frederick London

Carlsbad, CA

First elected 2019

David Martinelli

New York, NY

First elected 2019

Michelle Seale

Houston, TX

First elected 2022

Jonathan Sichel

Purchase, NY

First elected 2022

Bruce Thompson

Gibsonia, PA

First elected 2021

Dr. Ralph Wyndrum

Fair Haven, NJ

First elected 2019

The 2022 ESU Annual Report is available.
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International ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is proud to be part of a network of ESU’s in 64 countries worldwide. Each year, our members take advantage of this special bond of international fellowship by participating in ESU events around the globe.