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

Convene

People of diverse lived experiences

Inspire & Support

Leadership and advocacy

Then Pittsburghers Will Have

Informed Dialogue

& deepened understanding of global & local issues

Greater Empathy

for those different from them

Relevant Skills

& meaningful Relationships

And Therefore Pittsburghers Will

Which Will Result in

Transformed Leadership

Inclusive Policies & Practices

Greater Acceptance & Sense of Belonging

Shared Learning & Innovative Problem-Solving

World Affairs Council Staff

Betty Cruz

President & CEO

Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020.

Thomas Walters

Managing Director

Thomas Walters

Thomas “Tommy” Walters joined the council team in September 2020 as Managing Director.

Kathleen Newell

Director of Youth Programming

Kathleen Newell

Kathleen Newell joined the council team in April 2017 as an Education Program Manager.

Joe Poskin

Director of Operations

Joe Poskin

Joe Poskin oversees operations and human resource services for the World Affairs Council.

Elita Walker

Director of Development

Elita Walker

Elita Walker joined the council team in October 2020 as the Director of Development.

Shawn Reming Jr., PhD

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.

Kara Bowen

Communications Coordinator

Kara Bowen

Kara Bowen joined the council team in June 2021 as Communications Coordinator. Kara previously served as a Communications Consultant at Lumina Foundation

Miya Williams

Youth Programming Coordinator - Global Minds

Miya Williams

Miya Williams joined the Council in May of 2021 as a Youth Programming Coordinator – Global Minds.

Olivia Daigle

Public Programming Coordinator

Olivia Daigle

Olivia graduated from Earlham College with a BA in Politics.

Board of Directors

Stephen Lackey

Chairperson

Stephen Lackey

Vice Chairperson (Ret.), BNY Mellon Pittsburgh

Joseph P. Gartner

Vice Chair

Joseph P. Gartner

Managing Director, Deloitte Tax LLP

Saleem Ghubril

Vice Chair

Saleem Ghubril

Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise

Margaret C. Gleason

Vice Chair

Margaret C. Gleason

Partner, Jones Day

Betty Cruz

President & CEO

Betty Cruz

President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Alan L. Ackerman, Esq.

Director

Alan L. Ackerman, Esq.

Retired, Attorney-at-Law

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Director

Ariel C. Armony, PhD

Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Director, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Catherine Augustine, PhD

Director

Catherine Augustine, PhD

Director, Pittsburgh Office; Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S.

Director

Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S.

V.P. of Sponsored Programs, Research Support & Continuing Medical Education, UPMC

Jenna Baron

Director

Jenna Baron

Executive Director, ARYSE

William F. Benter

Director

William F. Benter

Chairperson and International CEO, Acusis

Kathleen Buechel

Director

Kathleen Buechel

Executive Director, The Benter Foundation

Jean-Pierre Collet

Director

Jean-Pierre Collet

President , Consular Association of Pittsburgh

Les Dutka

Director

Les Dutka

Founder and former CEO, Echo International

The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald

Director

The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald

Chief Executive, Allegheny County

Patrick Forster

Director

Patrick Forster

Partner, Healthcare Industries, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lynette Horrell

Director

Lynette Horrell

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Jasmine E. Huff, Esq.

Director

Jasmine E. Huff, Esq.

Associate, Reed Smith LLP

Peyton Klein

Director

Peyton Klein

Founder, Global Minds Initiative

Frank Li

Director

Frank Li

Founder and CEO, Kailasa Capital Management

Paul Overby

Director

Paul Overby

Honorary Consul, Federal Republic of Germany

The Honorable William Peduto

Director

The Honorable William Peduto

Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

Ihab Salib

Director

Ihab Salib

Senior Vice President, Federated Hermes

Patrick Wallace

Director

Patrick Wallace

President, Covington Investment Advisors, Inc.

Director Emeriti

*Alan H. Finegold

Esq. , Law Offices of Alan H. Finegold

Director Emeriti

F. Worth Hobbs

Former President, Alcoa Foundation

Director Emeriti

**The Honorable Dick Thornburgh

Former Attorney General of the United States, Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Director Emeriti

James M. Walton

Chairperson, The Heinz Endowments

*Past Chair | ** Deceased

Youth Board

Alexis Alarcon

Alexis Alarcon

Arhan Bajatia

Arhan Bajatia

Aidan Green

Aidan Green

Amanda Hulver

Amanda Hulver

Sofia Katiwada

Sofia Katiwada

Jenn Lin

Jenn Lin

Ayushma Neopaney

Ayushma Neopaney

Jake Rechenmacher

Jake Rechenmacher

Hannah Shin

Hannah Shin

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

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