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Bill Clifford
President & CEO
Bill Clifford was appointed President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in September 2013. From 2009-2013 he lead the revitalization and growth of WorldBoston, a WACA member Council known for innovative programming, access to leaders, and a tradition of advancing public learning about critical international issues. He also served as a member of the WACA National Board and its Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the WACA network, Bill was a journalist covering international finance, economics, and politics in Asia, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch. He also acted as a senior correspondent for CNBC Asia in Tokyo.

Bill was awarded his M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude in international relations and French literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. in public policy from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.

Lian Esehaki
Communications and Marketing Officer
Lian has experience working and living in the Middle East and Europe, and her most recent role included serving as a Communication Consultant to the International Rescue Committee on Syrian refugees in Jordan. Bilingual in Arabic and English, Lian holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BSBA in International Business from the American University in Washington DC.

Tori Baskind
Program Assistant/Office Assistant
Tori is a 2016 graduate of the George Washington University, who recently completed her BA degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Prior to working with the WACA team, Tori held internship positions with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as nonprofit advocacy organizations including Refugees International and Women’s Way.

Jacquiline Black
Jacquiline Black has been with Chazin and Company, LLC for 7 months as their Client Service Manager. Before she moved to Maryland, she was a Public Accountant for 7 years in Delaware where she serviced For-Profit and Non-Profit entities.
Celina Relton
Outreach Assistant Intern
Celina is a International Affairs major with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Economics at James Madison University. Her previous experience includes an internship as a legal assistant at Obenshain Law Group. She also is a junior class representative in the Student Government Association of James Madison University, as well as a student volunteer with the non-profit organization SafeRides.
Elizabeth Clark
Program Assistant Intern
Elizabeth is a junior at George Mason University majoring in Government & International Politics with minors in Sustainability Studies and Conflict Analysis. Her previous experience includes a data analysis internship with the City of Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce. She is also the president of the service organization Circle K International at George Mason, is a student ambassador, and is a member of the Roosevelt Institute, a student-led policy think tank. 



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