Marc Fallow is Chief of the Interpreter Assigning Unit in the Office of Language Services (LS) in the Bureau of Administration. He supervises a staff of eight employees who are in charge of assigning interpreters in 40 languages to public diplomacy programs sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; to law enforcement training programs sponsored by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; and to democracy-building seminars sponsored by USAID. Marc began his career by taking the LS’ interpreting test at the simple consecutive (liaison) level in December of 1973. His experience working as a contract interpreter in Spanish led him to a position as a program officer at Meridian International Center where he worked for a number of years before joining LS as a full-time employee in 2000.
The most gratifying part of his work lies in meeting, interviewing, and testing prospective interpreters. LS must maintain robust rosters in all languages which the Department needs, including languages of limited diffusion, such as Dari, Kurdish, Mongolian, and Burmese. Therefore, the office is continually looking for new talent across the board. Being able to meet such a broad spectrum of candidates provides a unique opportunity to learn about people with the most unusual backgrounds imaginable. The other most satisfying part of Marc’s job entails hearing about interpreters’ experiences with USG-sponsored international visitors at the end of an assignment.
Marc is a regular bike-to-work employee. His favorite outside-of-work activity is organizing urban tree plantings through the Logan Circle Community Association.