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Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, is the World Affairs Councils of America's current chairman of the national Board of Directors. 

"Ambassador Popadiuk brings the complete package to this position - high-level experience in business and in government, expertise in nonprofit leadership, and the vision to strengthen and grow our nationwide network of World Affairs Councils," said WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford. Read More




Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, WACA Chairman

Vice Chairs
Ms. Karen S. de Bartolomé, Executive Director, WorldDenver
Mr. A. Alex Lari, Chairman, The Claremont Group

Mr. Nigel J. Sutton, ‎Vice President, International Defense Systems Group, Orbital ATK

Dr. Richard A. Crepage, Board Member, World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio

President & CEO
Mr. Bill Clifford, World Affairs Councils of America

Board Members
Mr. Carlos Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer, The Gambrinus Company

***Mr. Jay L. Bruns, Board President, World Affairs Council of Connecticut
Ms. Joyce M. Davis, President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
Mr. James Falk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Ms. Sylvia V. Fields, Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation
Mr. Robert Fischer, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of St. Louis
*Dr. Neal Goins, Director, International Government Relations, Exxon Mobil Corporation
**Ms. Nancy F. Hamlin, Past President, World Affairs Council of Rochester
Ms. Amy Holland, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Maine
Ms. Forough B. Hosseini, Senior Vice President - Information Systems, ICI Homes, Inc.
Mr. Sam Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Johnson + Sterling
*Mr. Noel Lateef, President, Foreign Policy Association
Dr. James Nathan, Executive Director, Alabama World Affairs Council
*Mr. Stephen J. Petras, Jr., Board Member, Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Mr. Timor S. Rafiq, Past Chairman, World Affairs Council of Orange County
Mr. Don Samford, Board President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council
Mr. Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Charlotte
Mr. Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Ms. Donna Suddeth, President, Naples Council on World Affairs
Mr. Serge Tomassian, Managing Partner, Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP
Ms. Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

*At-Large Member of the Executive Committee
**Chair, Governance Committee, Executive Committee Member
*** Interim Chair, Development Committee, Executive Committee Member



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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Orbital ATK

Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation