Theory of Change
If We Work In Partnership With Young People, Educators, Business Leaders,
And The Community At-Large To
Explore & Educate
On critical global and local issues
People of diverse lived experiences
Inspire & Support
Leadership and advocacy
Then Pittsburghers Will Have
and deepened understanding of global & local issues
for those different from them
& meaningful Relationships
And Therefore Pittsburghers Will
Which Will Result in
Inclusive Policies & Practices
Greater Acceptance & Sense of Belonging
Shared Learning & Innovative Problem-Solving
And Ultimately Realize Our Vision Of
World Affairs Council Staff
President & CEO
Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020.
Director of Youth Programming
Kathleen Newell joined the council team in April 2017 as an Education Program Manager.
Director of Operations
Joe Poskin oversees operations and human resource services for the World Affairs Council.
Stephanie Akpapuna assumed the role of Event Manager of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in March 2021.
Kara Bowen joined the council team in June 2021 as Communications Coordinator. Kara previously served as a Communications Consultant at Lumina Foundation.
Youth Programming Coordinator – Digital
Shawn Reming Jr., PhD
Shawn M. Reming Jr. joined the Council in May of 2021 as Youth Programming Coordinator – Digital Engagement and Education.
Lauren Scholle joined the Council full-time in January 2022 as an Operations Coordinator.
Board of Directors
Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise
Margaret C. Gleason
Partner, Jones Day
Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S.
V.P. of Sponsored Programs, Research Support & Continuing Medical Education, UPMC
Partner, Healthcare Industries, PricewaterhouseCoopers
President & CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Alan L. Ackerman, Esq.
Ariel C. Armony, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Director, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Catherine Augustine, PhD
Director, Pittsburgh Office; Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Executive Director, ARYSE
William F. Benter
Chairperson and International CEO, Acusis
Executive Director, The Benter Foundation
President , Consular Association of Pittsburgh
Founder and former CEO, Echo International
The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald
Chief Executive, Allegheny County
The Honorable Edward C. Gainey
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Founder, Global Minds Initiative
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Senior Vice President, Federated Hermes
President, Covington Investment Advisors, Inc.
*Alan H. Finegold
Esq. , Law Offices of Alan H. Finegold
F. Worth Hobbs
Former President, Alcoa Foundation
**The Honorable Dick Thornburgh
Former Attorney General of the United States, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
**James M. Walton
Chairperson, The Heinz Endowments
*Past Chair | ** Deceased
World Affairs Councils of America
The Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, an association of more than 90 councils in 40 states. Nearly 200,000 people are members at Councils nationwide, and the network reaches tens of thousands more individuals through a variety of outreach activities in schools and communities. The World Affairs Councils of America network is the largest non-profit international affairs organization in the world.
The Council also is an Educational Improvement Organization, as designated by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Click here to find out how businesses can receive tax credits for supporting Council school programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999