Trudy Schafer is the former Director of the National Interpreter Education Center (NIEC) that supports the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. A certified interpreter since 1977, she possesses a Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC), a Certificate of Interpretation (CI), and a Certificate of Transliteration (CT) from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She has served as president of both the Massachusetts and the Illinois Registries of Interpreters for the Deaf. Furthermore, Schafer has been involved with Children of Deaf Adults International, Inc. (CODA) since 1989, and served as president from 1997 to 2001. She’s also served as a lecturer for the Northeastern University ASL Interpreting program between 2002 and 2011. Schafer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Baltimore, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a MSc in interpreting pedagogy degree from Northeastern University.